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LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
Spotted this in an abandoned 9cm pot, slightly iridescent like mother of pearl buttons. No idea what used to be in there, but I've never seen this before! Any ideas?

'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
- Cicero


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,438
    edited October 2020
    Just fascinating. Absolutely wonderful pic. Congratulations.
    Not a fungus.
    Some sort of capsule that is releasing the seeds????
    Wonder if the green leaves are what is growing from the seeds?
    Please can you look overhead to see if there is a tree/shrub that might have dropped miniscule pods into your small pot.
    Edit...could the raindrops be releasing the seeds from inside cup .
    Cup appears to hold lots of seeds.

    See link..needs further thought.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    I'll be curious to know the answer, as we have them in a pot of Echinacea, and I had never seen them before this Summer.  I assumed it was some sort of fungi, but I can see from the photo above that they are actually seed pods.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,886
    Birds nest fungus
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,103
    Beat me to it. One of the few fungi I recognise instantly. Crucibulum laeve
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    edited October 2020
    It's actually in a pile of otherwise empty pots on my potting table, over head is only the eaves of the shed. It may not always have been there, though - I've obviously just popped it there at some point and then forgotten about it. The nearest plant is a Cotoneaster, but not directly overhead. Rain on the eaves will drip into the pot, I think.

    I don't know if the seedlings are related or not - will keep an eye on them.

    I had initially thought fungus too, @KeenOnGreen, as they do have something of a stem attaching them to the soil. And looking at birds nest fungus, I think @Lyn and @Palustris are right. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,852
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • Heard of it ...never seen it.
    Many thanks everyone.
    Isn't nature amazing.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,107
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    Fascinating indeed.  I’m going to have a closer look at ours this morning, and to take some pictures.  
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