Geastrum triplex  (2 Photos and Description)

Geastrum triplex is found under hardwoods from summer through late winter. Saprobic. Outer rays extend and push up the spore case so spores have a better chance of being dispersed by breezes. Spore case appears as though it sits on a saucer. At the top is the beak where spores emerge.

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Geastrum triplex