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Geastrum pectinatum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 November 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Geastrum pectinatum (NL: Grote aardster / EN: Beaked earthstar, Beret earthstar / DE: Kamm-Erdstern / FR: Géastre pectiné) is an inedible species of mushroom belonging to the earthstar family of fungi. Although young specimens are spherical, fruit body development involves the outer layer of tissue splitting open like a star into 7 to 10 pointed rays that eventually bend back to point downward, revealing a small – 1 to 2.5 cm broad – spore sac. The spore sac is supported by a small radially wrinkled stalk. There is a distinct conical opening (peristome) at the top of the spore sac that is up to 8 mm long. It is commonly known as the beaked earthstar or the beret earthstar, in reference to the shape of the spore sac and its prominent, protruding peristome. The mass of spores and surrounding cells within the sac, the gleba, is dark-brown, and becomes powdery in mature specimens. Although uncommon, Geastrum pectinatum has a cosmopolitan distribution, and has been collected in various locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, where it grows on the ground in open woods.

Image: Schilde (BE) – 22/09/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Maggy from Liège, Belgium

Magnifique photo, belle lumière.

24 Nov 2012 12:42pm

Francisco from Miami, United States

Very nice!

25 Nov 2012 2:40am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very strange!

26 Nov 2012 9:45am

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm