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Geastrum rufescens   (Rosy earthstar)
Family
Geastraceae
Location
Europe, North America and Asia
Dimensions
2.5 - 5 cm diameter
Edibility
This site contains no information about the edibility or toxicity of mushrooms.

Description
Geastrum rufescens, also known as Rosy earthstar, is a globe-shaped pale brown fruitbody that opens on maturity. Its outer skin splits into a star shape. Inside is a pale grey to grey buff ball, which contains the spores. It grows usually clustered in light soil around decaying hardwood stumps, summer to fall.

Fruiting body first globe-shaped, yellow-brown, partially submerged in the substrate, covered with mycelium that picks up dirt and debris. Opens on maturity so its outer skin splits into a star shape with 6–8 pink to pinkish tan, radiating, pointed arms.

Geastrum rufescens on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

The second photo is by Jimmy Craine and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very hard to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. We recommend, because of this, that you don't eat wild mushrooms at all, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of the mushrooms listed here.

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