Family: Geastraceae (Earthstar's)
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Fungi:> Basidiomycota:> Agaricomycetes:> Gomphales:> Sphaerobolaceae :> Astraeus :> Geastrum.
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Earth stars are similar to puffballs but with a layered coat. The outer layer splits and peels back into 5 to 10 petal-like arrays, thus clearing a space around the mouth of the fungi. Spore dispersal is then achieved by the action of rain drops falling on the inner sack and forcing spores out by the pressure it. Has brown warty spores.
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Genus: Astraeus
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Astraeus pteridis
Astraeus pteridis
       
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Genus: Geastrum
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Geastrum morganii
Geastrum morganii
Geastrum saccatumGeastrum saccatum Geastrum triplex
Geastrum triplex aff.
   
Genus: Unidentified
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Geastrum species
Geastrum species
   
 
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