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Geastrum pectinatum.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Kamm-Erdstern
Geastrum pectinatum 2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7769
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location: North America
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Geastrum pectinatum Pers. Kamm-Erdstern. Fruit body opening to 36cm across, outer wall splitting into 612 pointed brown rays which become irregularly cracked. Spore sac on a slender stalk 56mm long, lead-grey, opening by a central pore surmounting a conical, furrowed mouth. Spores dark brown, globose and warted, 47um in diameter. Habitat on soil in coniferous, more rarely deciduous, woods. Season autumn. Rare. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe.

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