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Cannonball fungi

Sphaerobolus stellatus


This fungus, 1–3 mm in diameter, is called "cannonball fungus" because it discharges the spores with explosive force, reaching distances over 2 meters. Discharged spore sacs are brown coloured and sticky and have a tendency to strongly adhere to whatever surface they encounter.


On a fallen pine tree twig. Pine forest


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Lat: 40.53, Long: -3.69

Spotted on Jan 13, 2014
Submitted on Jan 13, 2014


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