Geastrum pectinatum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Geastrum pectinatum Pers. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body opening to 3–6cm across; outer wall splitting into 6–12 pointed, brown rays which become irregularly cracked. Spore sac on a slender stalk 5–6mm long, opening by a central pore surmounting a conical, furrowed mouth; lead-grey. Spores 4–7¼ in diameter, globose, warted. Spore mass dark brown. Habitat on soil in coniferous, more rarely deciduous, woods; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.

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