Astraeus hygrometricus

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Astraeus hygrometricus
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Scientific classification e
Unrecognized taxon (fix): Astraeus (fungus)
Binomial name
Astraeus hygrometricus
(Pers.) Morgan (1889)

Lycoperdon stellatus Scop. (1772)
Geastrum hygrometricum Pers. (1801)
Geas}trum fibrillosum Schwein. (1822)
Geastrum stellatum (Scop.) Wettst. (1885)
Astraeus stellatus E.Fisch. (1900)

Astraeus hygrometricus
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Mycological characteristics
glebal hymenium
no distinct cap
spore print is brown
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: inedible

Astraeus hygrometricus, often known as the 'hygroscopic earthstar, the barometer earthstar, or the false earthstar, is a Diplocystaceae fungus. When closed, young specimens resemble a puffball. When mature, the mushroom takes on the distinctive earthstar form, which is caused by the outer layer of fruit body tissue splitting apart in a star-like pattern.[1]

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  1. Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Death from below" – via