This was one of the very first clusters I found this year. The “mushroom season” in the Bay Area came several months late and by the time I found these guys I was getting frustrated by the absence of fungi. The find was so refreshing! I continue to be amazed by how beautiful mushrooms are. 🍄
Thanks for sharing @shroomiej excellent information and 📸🍄👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
The Hygroscopic Earthstar (Astraeus hygrometricus) astonishingly reacts to the amount of water present in the air around it. During dry conditions the “arms” are wrapped closely around the center puffball to protect it from the elements. As the humidity increases, the arms unfurl to fully expose the puffball. Sometimes the arms unfurl so far that they actually raise the puffball off the ground. Similar to other puffballs, its spores are released when falling rain drops land directly on it. .
Congratulations to Anna (@breakfast_of_champignons) for reaching 10k followers! ❤🍄
Check out her account if you haven't already for tons of interesting info on mushroom foraging and identification!.
Now the guessing part,who knows the name of the mushroom she's holding?.
Clue 1: it had cream colored pores.
Clue 2: it was growing on an oak tree almost at root level.
Clue 3: check the key to the genus Laetiporus on mushroomexpert.com 😊