Observation 68258: Geastrum pectinatum Pers.
When: 2011-05-28
No herbarium specimen

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Thank you for the clarification!
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-30 10:35:37 MST (-0700)

I agree it can’t be much else. Thanks for you input, very much!

Sorry, my error
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-05-30 10:24:10 MST (-0700)

I have a book with swedish earthstars, and there’s a scheme with the number of rays. On a closer look I realize that the rows with species names are displaced in the scheme, and the numbers refer to quadrifidum (of course! What was I thinking..?)
Anyway, I have seen them with less than 5 rays. And I don’t know of any other possibilities, except that there are some different varieties of it described.

Arora says 5-12 rays, usually 6-10….
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-30 09:23:14 MST (-0700)

So that is why I was wondering. Do you have a source that says 3-5? These two specimens each had 4.

I still think G. pectinatum is likely, I was just curious if anyone knew of any other possibilities.

Agree with pectinatum
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-05-30 00:33:37 MST (-0700)

It’s also one of the species with the fewest rays, usually 3-5.

Anyone know of anything similar?
By: Tim Sage (T. Sage)
2011-05-29 11:14:35 MST (-0700)

The two I plucked only had 4 large rays as opposed to 5 or 6 like G. pectinatum. Any ideas of other beaked Earthstars with a pedicel?

cool find!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-05-28 21:17:34 MST (-0700)

these are neat!

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