Observation 332503: Geastrum morganii Lloyd

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Geastrum morganii
By: John Steinke (John Steinke)
2018-09-15 05:46:37 PDT (-0700)

I would say mainly found in the midwest, but not rare.
Bob Chapman was recently talking about Tulostoma and said it is easier to say what it is not than what it is. Geastrum is kind of the same way with a few more clues. I have been depositing collections of Geastrum at the U. of Michigan Herbarium and have been fortunate to have Dr. Juan Carlos Zamora withdraw some of those collections. It was his confirmation of this species and others that has helped me understand Geastrum better.
Coker and Couch did some great work, but I had go through the names and bring them up to date. I have a well worn copy of Stellan Sunhede’s Geastraceae and British Buffballs and Earthstars and Stinkhorns is a nice book as well.
Do not overlook thee older works but Dr. Zamora seems to have most of the new stuff.

Good Luck,
John

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By: Thomas Stoughton (Tstou10)
2018-09-14 04:57:19 PDT (-0700)

What resource(s) are you using for this ID?

Thanks, John…
By: Thomas Stoughton (Tstou10)
2018-09-14 04:50:41 PDT (-0700)

Is it the prominent lined beak you’re going off of? I see this is a rare taxon and restricted mainly to the Midwest (according to mushroom expert), but the distribution is incompletely documented.