Fungus found beneath Yew tree canopy

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Fungus found beneath Yew tree canopy

Post by mark gifkins » Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:51 pm

A found the fungus in the attached photos beneath a Yew tree in a church yard. They were standing up on what looks like the legs of a starfish. Can anyone identify this for me?
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Re: Fungus found beneath Yew tree canopy

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat May 01, 2021 1:03 pm

Hi, and welcome to UK Fungi.

These are one of the Geastrum species of "Earthstars".
There are a couple of possibilities (which can't be differentiated without all habitat information and microscopy) but I think they are most likely to be Geastrum pectinatum - Beaked Earthstar.

These fruitbodies look quite old and dry. They would probably have been at their best at some point during last autumn - early winter.
Earthstars do take some considerable length of time, (i.e. usually many months), to fully decompose.

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Re: Fungus found beneath Yew tree canopy

Post by Flaxton » Tue May 11, 2021 8:14 am

With the slight collar under the bulb I think G striatum is a good possibility.

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