Friday, January 20, 2006

Earthstars

Earthstars, photo by Mary Stebbins. Click on image to see larger.

Earthstars belong to a group of fungi called Gasteromycetes, or "stomach fungi". Their fruiting bodies are a stomach-shaped sac filled with dry spores. They are related to puffballs.

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6 comments:

Andrea said...

Wacky! These things both creep me out and fascinate me. Interesting.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I think they are really pretty and it is so much fun to find them int he wild! Mary :-)

moo said...

They are very weird Mary.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

They are pretty weird! I agree--but they are also neat--fascinating, interesting, cool. XOX Mary :-D

madretz said...

Whoa! Those are cool. I've never seen anything like that before.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love discovering neat stuff! LOL!