Daisy Earthstar - Geastrum floriforme
A flattened sphere holds the powdery gleba with which the spores are distributed. A hole on the top of the 'bulb' releases spores when the wind blows across it. The bulb is mounted on a star-shaped base that looks rather like the petals of a daisy, and that closes tighter when dry. The bulb is typically 10 to 20 mm across and roughly spherical. The number of star rays is very variable. Several other Geastrum species are of the same general form, and confident identification requires a lot of expertise (see UK Status).
Mainly found in sandy open areas, either solitarily or in scattered groups
All year round
Fruiting after rain in the autumn; the long-lasting spent fruiting bodies can be found at any time of year.
Rare in Britain. We are fortunate that the importance of this find was realised by VC55 expert Richard Iliffe who sent the specimen to Kew for verification. The specimen has been retained at Kew in their herbarium as one of only about 30 British records.
Rare. The specimen photographed at Sapcote is believed to be the first record for Leicestershire & Rutland. (See UK Status).
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