Story: Fungi

Earthstars (5th of 6)


Earthstars such as Geastrum velutinum, pictured here, grow in leaf litter on the forest floor. When they first appear they resemble a small egg, then their outer layer splits open and folds back into six to eight arms, like a star. The spherical spore-containing structure sits in the centre of the star and somewhat resembles a puffball. When raindrops hit, spores are released through a hole in its top.

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Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - New Zealand fungi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Peter Buchanan, published 24 Sep 2007