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Geastrum sp.

Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.

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Thank you to Anne from Alberta (aka annkelliott@Flickr) for sharing these photographs with BPotD (original 1 | original 2 | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Much appreciated!

The genus Geastrum is one of 8 genera within the family Geastraceae (the earthstar family). Broadly (and unscientifically) speaking, these can be placed into the category of puffballs.

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Cute.

Those seem to fungi, as Koala bears are to animals.

Mushrooms are one of my favorite things to photographs.

I really like the second photo - its almost as if it was standing.

My daughter and I discovered these this summer, here in Central Texas. We have had a very wet summer, breaking all records for rain. We looked them up, and found them listed as shattered earthstars. They are truly wonderful--we got to see them in every stage of their development. It is a wonderful world, indeed, that holds such strange and beautiful creations!

These are actually in a group called the "stalked puffballs"

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