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Earth Star

Geastrum sp. (most likely Geastrum australe)


My first Earth Star fungi encounter. Or is it Earthstar? Several specimens found in a small area, in various states of growth and decay. Exact species yet to be determined. Geastrum australe the most likely species, but G. velutinum, G. saccatum, and G. triplex are also possible contenders. Someone who's familiar with these fungi might be able to shed some light. Images searches just confuse me.


In garden mulch and leaf littler, beneath (mostly) palm trees in a well-shaded garden.


My camera and I are not getting along! :-(

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Thanks so much, Charlie. I did see this and added it as a reference. I refer to the site often (and quite often in a frustrated state as most fungi spotters will attest to), and their pdf image of Geastrum australe is the closest I've seen so far. I must look out Bruce Fuhrer field guide you've mentioned. You've been a great help, and thanks for taking the time to help :-)

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Good link here - for your state ......might lead to understanding the differences. :)

CharliePrice 7 years ago

Congrats on your first Neil both my field guide books for here in Tas and the other by Bruce Fuhrer - australian guide ..the Geastrum triplex is the most common and labelled as Earth Stars ...2 words not one . :) Sorry i can't be of much help :)

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2015
Submitted on Mar 26, 2015

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