Geastraceae

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Noun1.Geastraceae - a family of earthstar fungi belonging to the order Lycoperdales
fungus family - includes lichen families
Lycoperdales, order Lycoperdales - small order of basidiomycetous fungi having fleshy often globose fruiting bodies; includes puffballs and earthstars
earthstar - any fungus of the family Geastraceae; in form suggesting a puffball whose outer peridium splits into the shape of a star
Geastrum, genus Geastrum - type genus of Geastraceae; fungi whose outer peridium when dry splits into starlike segments
genus Radiigera, Radiigera - a genus of fungus belonging to the family Geastraceae
Astreus, genus Astreus - a genus of fungi belonging to the family Geastraceae
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The starHE earth-star, a type of fungus similar to a puffball, is usually found growing under pine trees such as those on the Sefton coast.
Spores of this fascinating fungus must have been brought here in the peaty mulch which has been used in the small garden area on the corner of Salisbury Street, where large numbers of earth-stars can be admired, far away from the more usual, more natural habitat.
STAR TURN: earth-stars in New Islington, far away from their usual haunts on the Sefton coast; Picture: Ron King