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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Geastrales: Geastraceae: Geastrum saccatum Fr.

Geastrum saccatum – rounded earthstar

Synonyms: Geaster lloydianum, Geaster saccatum, Geastrum lloydianum.

Common name: rounded earthstar.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Geastrum saccatum, commonly known as the rounded earthstar, is a species of mushroom belonging to the genus Geastrum. It has a worldwide distribution and is found growing on rotting wood. It is considered inedible by mushroomers because of its bitter taste. It is a common mushroom, but collections are at their peak during late summer. The opening of the outer layer of the fruiting body in the characteristic star shape is thought to be due to a buildup of calcium oxalate crystals immediately prior to dehiscence. G. saccatum is distinguished from other earthstars by the distinct circular ridge or depression surrounding the central pore. In Brazil, its common name translates to "star of the land".

Chinese: 袋狀地星, Swedish: Säckjordstjärna.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

Earthstar mushroom (<B>Geastrum saccatum</B>) on Chinquapin Trail in Huntsville State Park. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2009-10-10.htm">October 10, 2009</A>
LinkEarthstar mushroom (Geastrum saccatum) on Chinquapin Trail in Huntsville State Park. Texas, October 10, 2009
Earth star mushroom (<B>Geastrum saccatum</B>) on Chinquapin Trail in Huntsville State Park. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2013-11-03.htm">November 3, 2013</A>
LinkEarth star mushroom (Geastrum saccatum) on Chinquapin Trail in Huntsville State Park. Texas, November 3, 2013
Location on mapsState Park Rd 40, New Waverly, TX 77358, USA
Earth star mushroom (<B>Geastrum saccatum</B>) on Kirby Trail in Big Thicket National Preserve. Kountze, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2014-08-02.htm">August 2, 2014</A>
LinkEarth star mushroom (Geastrum saccatum) on Kirby Trail in Big Thicket National Preserve. Kountze, Texas, August 2, 2014
Location on maps1618 FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625, USA
Earth star mushroom <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-09-29.htm">September 29, 2018</A>
LinkEarth star mushroom Geastrum saccatum on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, September 29, 2018
Location on maps17600-17750 Simmons Ln, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Group of earth star mushroom <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-09-29.htm">September 29, 2018</A>
LinkGroup of earth star mushroom Geastrum saccatum on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, September 29, 2018
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Immature earth star mushrooms <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-09-30.htm">September 30, 2018</A>
LinkImmature earth star mushrooms Geastrum saccatum on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, September 30, 2018
Location on mapsLittle Lake Creek Loop Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Young earth star mushrooms <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-09-30.htm">September 30, 2018</A>
LinkYoung earth star mushrooms Geastrum saccatum on Little Lake Creek Loop Trail in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, September 30, 2018
Location on mapsLittle Lake Creek Loop Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Earth star mushrooms <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> in a pine forest on Lone Star Hiking Trail south from Stubblefield Campground in Sam Houston National Forest. Huntsville, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-13.htm">October 13, 2018</A>
LinkEarth star mushrooms Geastrum saccatum in a pine forest on Lone Star Hiking Trail south from Stubblefield Campground in Sam Houston National Forest. Huntsville, Texas, October 13, 2018
Location on mapsWalk In Camp Sites, Lone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Earth star mushroom (<B>Geastrum saccatum</B>) on Caney Creek Trail (Little Lake Creek Loop Trail) in Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville. Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2018-10-21.htm">October 21, 2018</A>
LinkEarth star mushroom (Geastrum saccatum) on Caney Creek Trail (Little Lake Creek Loop Trail) in Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville. Texas, October 21, 2018
Location on mapsLittle Lake Creek Loop Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Earthstar mushroom <B>Geastrum saccatum</B> on rotting wood in Big Creek Scenic Area of Sam Houston National Forest. Shepherd, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-06-26.htm">June 26, 2019</A>
LinkEarthstar mushroom Geastrum saccatum on rotting wood in Big Creek Scenic Area of Sam Houston National Forest. Shepherd, Texas, June 26, 2019
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Coldspring, TX 77331, USA

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