Scleroderma EarthstarScleroderma geaster
Milton, FLDecember 24, 2006
I had been looking for an Earthstar fungus to photograph for quite awhile, but this was not exactly what I had in mind. The name of this puffball sounds like an unpleasant, scaly skin condition! When it opens to release its' spores, the outer covering splits, looking like a small star on the surface of the soil. See next photo.