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Ground fungi east algarve hills

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Offline janey

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« on: December 21, 2008, 16:35 PM »
Can anyone id this? Found today on hillside in east algarve with carob, oak and medronho trees nearby. Creamy coloured exterior (hard to the touch)  with dust-like chocolate coloured centre when opens. Each mound about 8cms wide unopened.
Thanks for any info.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008, 08:14 AM »
Hi Janey,
I had no idea what this was but just noticed the similarities to the fungus that Lucy found in Collserola.
The genus is Geastrum. Yours is past its best but perhaps you saw enough to id through a search on Spanish google - Earthstar images
Here's Lucy's photo;
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 15:36 PM »
Thanks Lisa
I've checked the spanish google site and it does look like a member of the genus Geastrum. I will look for a better example in the same area and post any findings.