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Geastrum fimbriatum, Sessile, Earth Star Fungus

March 6, 2008

Basti fungi

These are puff-balls mushrooms of which the outer tunic splits into a star-like pattern. The scientific name “Geastrum” translates as “earth star”, thus the common name, Earth Star Fungus.

Once the sac of spores is exposed dispersal depends on raindrops hitting the sack which causes puffs of spore to shoot out. When I first found this fungus on an island in Panama, not knowing what it was, I lightly touched it and a small cloud was released.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine Norton permalink
    April 1, 2008 10:08:42 pm

    Here is a website talking about this fungi:

    http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature/plants/earthstar.htm

  2. alexis permalink
    December 1, 2008 10:08:51 pm

    hey i think fungi is sooooooooo cool

  3. Alexis permalink
    December 1, 2008 10:08:53 pm

    BTW thank you christine 4 the website it helped me out with a school project

  4. August 30, 2009 10:08:26 pm

    I never ever post but this time I will,Thanks alot for the great blog.

  5. Dani permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:08:10 pm

    NEED MORE INFO PLEASE!

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