Here comes the rain again

water dropMy camera and I will have to agree to disagree. This drop looked like a diamond to me but the photos saw mercury. I was surprised that days later this plant still holds the evidence of the recent lovely rains.

The effect of even a little rain is always so dramatic here. A couple of nights ago I went for a walk through a nearby field and saw scatters and clusters of star shaped rain flowers reflecting the moonlight — like the the earth was answering the constellations. I couldn’t tell which side was up. I don’t know how rain triggers these flowers but I do know it fills me with wonder.

Bird’s Nest Fungus

Today  I found this fungus growing under my cyperus. I think it is a bird’s nest fungi. They are tiny (about 1/4 inch in diameter) and with my dim eyesight it is amazing I spotted them at all. But now that I know they are present I will actively seek them out. Apparently, some varieties can produce a raspberry ketone that can be used for perfumery. If these did I wasn’t able to detect it.

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Bird’s nest fungi are not pests. As saprophytes they help recycle the nutrients of dead plant material back into the soil. They are common worldwide.

Here’s a time lapse video from Cornell that shows how the nest cups form:

And here’s another showing the effect of raindrops. The little things that look like eggs are peridioles — spore cases — that can explode when hit at just the right angle.

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6 thoughts on “Here comes the rain again

  1. Ditto TexasDeb on the bird’s nest fungus. Interesting. Your description of the rain lilies in the field was magical–yes they are triggered by rain. I have a few, but they’ve never naturalized in my garden and they are so much more beautiful and dramatic in a field.

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    1. We have a little clump that planted itself. It has never spread though i sure wish it would. Do the bulbs swell with the rain? Is that the trigger?

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  2. Bird’s nest fungus is a new one for me. Now I’ll be on the lookout for them. I bought and planted additional rain lily types in a bed here at my house. I think all the colors are like unexpected gifts when triggered by rain and I especially like the ones that pop up each fall that are deep red. Lilies!

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    1. The fungus typically grows in mulch. We have those red lilies growing in a corner that someone had planted before we moved in. They are TOUGH. And pretty.

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