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Strange fungus or mushroom?
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LazyHorse    Posted 08-29-2001 at 05:29:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
While waiting to pick my wife up at her office in town yesterday, my son and I were setting outside when he showed me some strange (flower) he found.These things are some kind of fungus or mushroom like I never saw before. They are grayish brown, and on first looking at them they appear like a flower with its petals all the way open and curving under. In the center of each was a darker colored round dome that upon touching squirted out spores. These were growing under a pine tree and I have not seen any like this before. The texture, and spores reminded me of puff balls, but these were small maybe 2 to 3 inches across at most. If any of you know what they are please let me know.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-29-2001 at 06:02:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They are called Earthstars.

Go to the link below and click on the search option on the left.
In the box for searching put 'earthstar'.
Then click on the top find of the list that says 'California Fungi -- Puffballs, Earthstars and Stalked Puffballs'.
Then click on 'Geastrum saccatum'.
There are a few other Geastrum there too. They are all knowns as Earthstars.

Hope This Helps

Judy Jackson    Posted 04-27-2006 at 08:18:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son found a half dozen redish brown mushrooms shaped like elaphent ears. they were 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Found in eastern nebraska in woods. Are they good to eat and safe to eat.

LazyHorse    Posted 08-29-2001 at 12:26:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Salmoneye:
Ive seen all kinds of puffballs here in Indiana before, but never noticed the earthstars.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-29-2001 at 13:55:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are entirely welcome.
I should thank you as they are a new one on me too.
I cheated...I looked in my Audubon Field Guide To Mushrooms and Fungi...


Denise    Posted 08-29-2001 at 15:56:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do they really publish a Audubon Field Guide To Mushrooms and Fungi??????
Too Cool.
We have seen some strange things here. Most appear overnight too, is that normal? I scoped out that site (just a quickie tho) I'll have to go back and spend some time.
Thanks for the link.
Lee and Dee

Salmoneye    Posted 08-30-2001 at 06:06:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had my copy for about 20 years.
Excellent book.
I looked up the Earthstar just from LazyHorses description.
I highly recommend it and an outing with someone that knows what they are doing.
Store bought mushrooms are good, but there are some easily identifiable wild ones that beat them all to heck as far as taste goes!!!

Mushroom Steve    Posted 08-29-2001 at 18:03:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good job Salmoneye!!!

Figured this one was right up my alley...but ya beat me to the punch. Several mushrooms seem to "pop up overnight" and yes... they are "too cool". I wont get least on this site...but a mushroom is the "flower" or fruit body of a complex system of mycelium (can be thought of as a root system). Besides tractors..they take up nearly all of my free time. I'm very glad to see that there is an interest on this site. The very best time of year for wild edibels is now! Try to find an expierenced mycophagest (mushroom eater) in your area to take you on a foray. The rewards are great...and believe it or not...the risks are few. Check also to see if there is a mycological society near you. Your area extension agent may be able to assist you in finding one. Also check out the North American Mycological Association web site.(Use any search engine).

Good luck

LazyHorse    Posted 08-29-2001 at 20:37:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mushroom Steve I aint no vegetarian by any means, but I do love to eat mushrooms, raw cokked or mixed. Around here most folks are told the only edible ones are Morels, but Ive had puffbal and elephant ear too. Always kind of scared to try new ones do to reports of toxicity though.

paula    Posted 08-06-2002 at 12:14:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was looking for any information on elephant ear mushroom. My folks moved into a new house, they have in a tree what the neighbors call elephant ear mushroom, we have never heard of them. are they eatable? How would they be prepared? How long do they last? Please any info at all would help. Thank you

Mushroom Steve    Posted 08-29-2001 at 18:09:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just checked out Salmoneyes link to mykoweb...very good site!

Salmoneye    Posted 08-30-2001 at 05:57:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Steve!

You are very right about now being the right time for the most edibles.
Just last week we had a couple of meals of Shaggy Manes and next week it will be Giant Puffball steaks just barely cooked through in butter.

I love this time of year and try and tell people about all the free food in the woods here.
Actually, I stopped telling them and started just giving them a taste now and then.
Leaves more in the woods for me ;-)

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