Sessile Earthstar - Geastrum fimbriatum

    Description

    These are creamy beige puff-ball mushrooms of which the outer tunic splits into a star-like pattern exposing the sac of spores. They are usually less than 5 cm across.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Under deciduous trees.

    When to see it

    Autumn

    Life History

    Once the sac of spores is exposed dispersal depends on raindrops hitting the sack which causes puffs of spore to shoot out

    UK Status

    Occasional in England scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map