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

synonyms: Collard Earthstar, Géastre à trois couches, Kragen-Erdstern
Geastrum triplex GK Mushroom
Ref No: 7778
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Geastrum triplex Mushroom
Ref No: 7779
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Geastrum triplex2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7780
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Geastrum triplex4 Mushroom
Ref No: 7782
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Geastrum triplex6 Mushroom
Ref No: 7783
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Geastrum triplex7 Mushroom
Ref No: 7784
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: White to cream
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 triplex Jung. Kragen-Erdstern, Géastre à trois couches, Collard Earthstar. Fruit body 3–5cm across when unopened and bulb-shaped, opening to 5–10cm across, outer wall splitting into 4–8 pointed rays and covered in a thick, pinkish-brown, fleshy layer which cracks as the rays bend back under the fruit body leaving the spore sac sitting in a saucer-like base. Spore sac sessile, pale grey-brown with a paler ring round the slightly raised mouth. Spores dark brown, globose, warted, 3.5–4.5um in diameter. Habitat amongst leaf litter in deciduous woods. Season late summer to autumn. Occasional, perhaps the most common member of the genus in Europe. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe.

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