Notes: Endoperidium of freshly opened specimens is bluish.
Voucher specimen collected 2007-02-11
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I was streaming the Prague Radio and, one day, they featured one amateur mycologist who was hunting for photographs of “earth stars” of whatever kind. He lived in Prague and he told a story that he had some friends outside Prague watching the developing Astraeus hygrometricus for him. When the Astraeus opened, they phoned him and he zapped there and took photos of it. He claimed that this blue color would disappear within several hours after the opening of the fruiting body.
When Ian Gibson (father of the MatchMaker) saw my photo, he complained that it was far too blue. On the contrary, I was feeling quite lucky that I got it in that small fraction of the time in the life of this mushroom, however “atypical” that is.
I have never seen or at least noticed this color in freshly opened specimens.
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