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Alone in the forest

Alone in the forest
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Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 126] (937)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-14
Categories: Fungi
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-16 8:15
Viewed: 2552
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Geastrum (orthographical variant Geaster) is a genus of mushroom in the family Geastraceae. Many species are known commonly as earthstars.

The name comes from geo meaning earth and aster meaning star.

The name refers to the behavior of the outer peridium. At maturity, the outer layer of the fruiting body splits into segments which turn outward creating a star-like pattern on the ground. The inner peridium is a spore sack. In some species, the outer peridium splits from a middle layer, causing the spore sack to arch off the ground. If the outer peridium opens when wet and closes when dry. It is described as hygroscopic.

In some species, the inner peridium is borne on a stalk or pedicel. The columella is a column-like clump of sterile tissue to be found inside the inner peridium. The network of fertile tissue inside the inner perdium, the capillitium, arises from the columella. The mouth in most species of "earth-stars" is quite prominent, often arising as a small cone at the apex of the inner peridium.

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Hi Liviu

An unusual looking fungi for sure! Is this species rare?



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-16 12:41]

Foarte interesanta! Nu cred sa o fi vazut vreo data. Imi place si cum ai prezentat specia.
Numai bine

Hi Ungureanu,
wonderfull composition and warm colours make your picture outstanding. We see this fungus also in Switzerland.
have a nice day.


Great low POV on this good shot of an earth star. Good composition and sharpness.


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