This is the asexual reproduction form, with the gemma cup. The sexual forms are like Dr. Seuss palm trees above the oozy, flowy-looking base.
Must be that all the rain we've had this week brought these things out. The Equisetum is similarly off the hook!
Seen @ Aspen trees @ Himu-ac
Seen @ Kyburz cell parking site
Really interesting flower-mimicking fungus!
Parasitic on Boechera sp.
High up in conifers
On deck eating bird food
They're everywhere this year!
Two life stages here: the gametophyte and the sterile horsetail sprouts!
Strangely, growing in a fen. Usually you don't see that here.
WTH! Not even sure about the Phylum on this oddball...