Earthstar: a quite rare mushroom

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
The earthstar looking out of the moss carpet is one of the most interesting gasteromycetes fungi besides the puffballs
 
Rounded earthstar     Ripsmeline maatäht     Geastrum fimbriatum
 
Ornamental but useless for eating. It can be found in parks and copses as well as in forests, especially spruce forests.
The collared earthstar (Geastrum triplex) is a similar species but its habitats are mostly broadleaf forests, preferably with a calcareous soil, and picking it is objectionable because of its rarity.
 
Laine and Vello Keppart have already come across them this year in the Jõgeva forests.


 

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