Observation 201098: Geastrum Pers.
When: 2015-03-19

Notes: This find is slightly different to others I have loaded in the past. The specimen which is “Spinning Top Shaped”, was on the surface of an area that had been heavily foraged.
The area was damp and is semi-rainforest and Eucalyptus. It had an earthy aroma. When cut, there appeared to be a slight amount of moisture appearing on the surfaces of the two halves, and when placed together, they were slippery or had no friction between each other. It may have been left as a result of not fitting the desirable taste of the foragers.

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Daniel, Yes I looked carefully at the suggested image linked to Danny’s suggested I.D. I think it is plausible. Some other notes: I have found Geastrum
in this local area but not this particular spot. Also where I do find them they are not displaying fruiting bodies at the moment. This is all subjective of course. For the moment will call it Geastrum and wait and see. If no further progress or suggestions I will contact Heino Lepp at Canberra Herbarium, for his opinion, and he may offer to have a look at it. I think it may be worthwhile saving the dried specimen for identification.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-03-25 10:45:08 PDT (-0700)

seems reasonable, Ian. Haven’t seen predated Geastrum before, but haven’t collected in Australia, either. Small marsupial, maybe?

Appears to have a columella, too. I was unaware Geastrum have columellas.

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