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Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:54 pm

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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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:38 am

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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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:59 am

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geastraceae
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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:48 am

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

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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:28 pm



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'...

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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:49 pm



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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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:34 pm

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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RE: Help Needed: Name That Fungus!

Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:26 pm

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

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