Observation 20185: Geastrum triplex Jungh.

When: 2009-04-11

Collection location: Workman Track, Workman Rd., Hunua, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Clive Shirley (myxo)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:08:02 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Workman Rd, Hunua, Auckland, New Zealand’ to ‘Workman Rd., Hunua, Auckland, New Zealand’


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Geastrum javanicum
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-12 19:48:26 HST (-1000)

This species is not known to accrue here so I think I can count that one out.

I had thought the colour was right for this species. I have seen G. triplex twice now and both time its been this reddish colour but now I am not so sure. After searching Google images and seeing no photos that are so red.

I have since found a description for this species (Coker & Couch, 1928;) and the reddish brown coloring is expected. I am now left as confused as ever but feel G. triplex is the best option at present.

What about another one?
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-12 11:37:02 HST (-1000)

This also could be Geastrum javanicum I think … found it in Queensland in Port Douglas but don’t know about the collar now … the reddening is very suspicious and does not fit to G. triplex.

Another one?
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-12 10:29:23 HST (-1000)

With only one record of Geastrum morganii been found in New Zealand I happy to say its not very likely :)
This is the photo that convinced me showing both G. saccatum and G. triplex


Another one?
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-04-12 10:09:14 HST (-1000)

And I was about to back off and suggest a third possibility, Geastrum morganii.
Kracking layer like in triplex, smaller like saccatum, and reddening (which doesn’t really fit any of the two others…). You might check it out too.

G. triplex
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-12 09:47:07 HST (-1000)

Hi Irene,
I started this comment by saying you have the ID wrong :) but looking back at some of my old photos I think you are right after all. Even though for G. triplex these are very small. Now I wished I had spent more time and gotten a better photo. Thanks for your help