Observation 63519: Astraeus hygrometricus (Pers.) Morgan

When: 2007-11-10

Collection location: Observatory Hill, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

48.3482° -123.4189°

Who: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (aceska@telus.net)

Specimen available

Endoperidium of freshly opened specimens is bluish.
Voucher specimen collected 2007-02-11

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[2017-09-12] One old fungus at 48.51916° -123.41342°

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Re: nice capture
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (aceska@telus.net)
2011-02-14 12:42:17 PST (-0800)

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.


nice capture!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-02-14 08:37:52 PST (-0800)

I have never seen or at least noticed this color in freshly opened specimens.

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