Earth star mushroom

Earth star mushroom

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Caption: Earth star mushroom (Geastrum triplex) growing in woodland soil. It has released (puffed) a cloud of reproductive spores (upper centre). This mushroom is a fruiting body of this rare fungus that feeds on decaying vegetable matter. An earth star is a puffball mushroom. The outer wall has split open to allow dispersal of the reproductive spores from the sac inside. This mushroom is not edible.

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