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Thread: "Collared Earthstar" Geastrum triplex

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    Price County, WI

    "Collared Earthstar" Geastrum triplex

    Today while raking leaves and dumping them into a low spot in the forest, I came upon a couple of these amazing fungi. They live in the leaf litter and humus of hardwoods. To my eye the 8-pointed star (collar) is an engineering marvel. The fruiting body of the fungus opens in late summer or autumn.

    Spores shoot out from a central hole if hit by a raindrop. I can scarcely imagine a more ingenious scheme to enable the species to live on in the forest.

    To life!

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    Eastern Massachusetts
    Those are cool! I saw some in my neighbor's yard a couple of years ago. It's been a good year for mushrooms in New England - so much rain!

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