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Geastrum triplex

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 November 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Geastrum triplex (NL: Gekraagde aardster / EN: Collared earthstar, Saucered earthstar, Triple earthstar / DE: Halskrausen-Erdstern / FR: Géastre à trois couches) is a species of fungi in the Geastraceae family. Discovering a specimen belonging to the genus Geastrum, or earthstar fungi, is always a delight. Immature fruit bodies are almost spherical, resembling puffballs with pointed beaks , and are mostly partially or completely buried in the ground. As the fungus matures, the outer layer of tissue (the exoperidium) splits into four to eight pointed segments which spread outwards and downwards, lifting and exposing the spherical inner spore sac. The spore sac contains gleba, a mass of spores and fertile mycelial tissue that when young is white and firm, but ages to becomes brown and powdery. Often, a layer of the exoperidium splits around the perimeter of the spore sac so that it appears to rest in a collar or saucer.
However, Geastrum triplex doesn't always form a saucer, and other distinguishing features must then be matched for accurate identification: This species is the largest of the earthstar fungi, with a tip to tip length of an expanded mature specimen reaching up to 12 centimeters; the pronounced "beak" on young specimens; the fuzzy opening in the spore case (the "peristome" which is usually surrounded by a paler area); and the fact that the mushroom is attached to the substrate only at the base.

Image: Zoersel (BE) – 01/10/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/25 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice focus
well done

29 Nov 2012 7:20am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!
Very good Description.

29 Nov 2012 8:24am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'adore cette approche sur le sujet central

29 Nov 2012 9:01am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Salut Johan,
Superbe, quand le monde de la macro devient Volcan

29 Nov 2012 2:46pm

christine from schoten, Belgium

Tijdloos als een kunstwerk ...

29 Nov 2012 6:21pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/25 second
ISO 200
150 mm