Fading Stars

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 3,056 Major grins

These earthstar fungi should not have been around when I found them on 3 January. Their season is supposed to be late summer or autumn.

However, this was the first record of earthstars at this nature reserve. I'm fairy sure it is Geastrum triplex, although the collar in which the spore sac sits has collapsed and lost its identity. In its prime, the fungus is the colour of cultivated mushrooms, the brown being from the start of decay. It is larger than other species.

The apical hole (peristome) remains open after the spores have long gone.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus m4/3 30mm f3.5 ED macro, 1/30 or 1/60 at f11 ISO 2000, hand-held.

The stereos are crosseye or conventional.



  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 3,056 Major grins

    The spores have now been checked and found to be the correct size for triplex.


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