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Observed: 23rd January 2012 By: leenestofvipersleenestofvipers’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensleenestofvipers’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensleenestofvipers’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensleenestofvipers’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Found in soil, on grass/herby sunken lane near bracken. Nearest tree was conifer around 50 yds away or more.Other deciduous trees slightly further away. Wasn't attached to the substrate in any way so may have been carried there by wind or something.
Dark brown spore sac on stout stalk.5 rays pointing downwards.spores 4 micrometers and rounded.stalk 2 mm. Spore sac 10mm, whole thing just over 30mm.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

leenestofvipers's picture

any idea

Any idea as to which one it might be?

flaxton's picture

How big the bulb and rays?

How big the bulb and rays?

leenestofvipers's picture

bulb and rays

bulb 1cm, with rays 3cm, spores dark brown, round, 4 micrometers.

leenestofvipers's picture

and..

Stalk 2mm tall.

flaxton's picture

My best guess and that is all

My best guess and that is all it is would have been G quadrifidum but that has never been found in Scotland.

Mal

philjunebride's picture

Arched Earthstar?

It also looks like it could be an old Arched Earthstar (Geastrum Fornicatum)

flaxton's picture

G fornicatum is described as

G fornicatum is described as a large species >5cm and has spores 3-3.6 so unlikely but I would agree that it does look similar.

leenestofvipers's picture

G quadrifidum

Thanks Mal, G quadrifidum was my feeling as well. Nothing else seems to fit with the size and stalk length.
Lee