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Help Needed: Name That Fungus!  
User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 625 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

This unusual specimen was discovered in my front yard (in Northeast Ohio) growing beneath a small shrub.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/DSCN0879.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/co737724/DSCN0880.jpg
Now this doesn't look like the typical garden variety 'shroom I'm accustomed to seeing. Can anyone identify this particular species? Any help at all is appreciated. If this is just a regular, boring, unnoteworthy, commonplace species, then I give my apologies in advance.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6105 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
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I have never seen anything like that before. I get all kinds of fungus in my backyard because of the big tree I cut down and now the roots are rotting. I usually get hundreds of very small mushrooms grouped very close together, a rock hard brain looking thing (that breaks apart like plaster when I hit it with the lawn mower), or medium sized mushrooms about six inches apart. They come in late spring and disappear in the summer heat.


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User currently offlineKPWM From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2288 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1592 times:

Looks like a type of Fungus called earthstars (Geastraceae).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geastraceae



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User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Eat one of them and see if you start trippin'...

 swirl 


User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 625 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1522 times:



Quoting KPWM (Reply 2):
earthstars (Geastraceae).

I think we have a winner. The wiki article is right on the money. Thanks for the help!

Quoting Jpax (Reply 3):
Eat one of them and see if you start trippin'...

One step ahead of you...  spin 



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6105 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1516 times:
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Quoting Jpax (Reply 3):
Eat one of them and see if you start trippin'...

They kind of look like cookies with a big chocolate chip in the middle.



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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3592 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

From the title of this thread, I was expecting a picture of your foot or something similar.

From the actual picture I was going to posit that you had found examples of the very rare fungus hooterus, usually found in groupings of 2, very tasty, but sometimes you can get a bad reaction from handling them.

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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

Geastrum Saccatum? Link to pictures (Yours seems to be a very good photo of a young specimen.)

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