Geastrum sp. aff. quadrifidum

Geastrum sp. aff. quadrifidum

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(Earth Star)

FAMILY

Geastraceae

Species

Geastrum sp. aff. quadrifidum

Common name

Earth Star

Colour

Dirty white to pale brown

Habitat

Usually found in leaf litter

Description

Initially these earth stars the fruiting body appears as a ball then it splits to give the star shape. The dirty-white fruiting body of this fungus is composed of two layers. A thick out layer which splits at maturity into about 5 lobes which expand to about 4 cm diameter and appear star-like. The inner layer is a darker colour and globular in shape with a circular pore at the top, inside is the brown spore mass. Usually found growing amongst leaf litter.