Geastrum rufescens    Pers.:Pers. 

common name(s) : Reddening Earthstar 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Phallomycetidae/Geastrales/Geastraceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Gasteromycetideae/Lycoperdales/Gaestraceae  

synonyms: Geastrum vulgatum 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Geaster rufescens, Geaster vulgatus)  

edibility : inedible

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photo gallery of  Geastrum rufescens potential confusions with  Geastrum rufescens toxicity of Geastrum rufescens genus Geastrum  

The fruiting body is star-shaped with 5-9 pointed rays, with earth stuck underneath, and at its centre, a spore sac placed on top of a short and almost invisible stalk, with whitish-beige rays, turning red brown when drying, the spore sac being of the same colour.

The fertile surface is internal: the spores are released as dust when mature. The spore print is dark brown.

It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved woods, on sandy grounds, with spruce.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 7 cm (between 2 and 12 cm)
  total height approximately 4 cm (between 1.5 and 7 cm)

Distinctive features : sorry, no English description yet

Geastrum rufescens is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Geastrum rufescens in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Geastrum rufescens in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18