Collection location: Buttonwood, south Key Largo, Monroe Co., Florida, USA [Click for map]
small earthstar, on small fallen stopper (Eugenia axillaris) (1-2" thick and bark still on), surrounded by copious white stains from mycelium
CAP: 6-8mm wide, round, tapering at bottom to point of attachment
OUTSIDE SKIN: roughened, creamy whitish to brownish outside, splitting into 5 neat spreading segments when moist, rays ~6×4mm, dull brown and smooth inside with whitish bloom
INSIDE BALL: 1-2mm smaller, lt brown, pucker at tip with small well-defined pore, whitish around pore (v minute tomentum?), flabby and soft
SPORE: print dark smoky brown, spore mass is v diffuse and cottony
Clearly in the A. hygrometricus group due to hygroscopic behavior, but I don’t think it’s possible to be more specific without microscopic details of spores.
Excellent, Darvin has corrected me. I need to be more careful of using the “groups” in Demystified!
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