Collared Earthstar - Geastrum triplex

    Description

    Fruit body 3 to 5cm across when unopened and bulb-shaped, opening to 5 to 10cm across, outer wall splitting into 4 to 8 pointed rays and covered in a thick, pinkish-brown. The fleshy layer cracks as the rays bend back under the fruit body leaving the spore sac sitting in a saucer-like base. Spore sac sessile, pale grey-brown with a paler ring round the slightly raised mouth.

    Habitat

    Amongst leaf litter in deciduous woods and well wooded places

    When to see it

    Found from late summer and autumn, the spent fruiting body often persisting.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in Britain with most records coming from England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map