Geastrum fimbriatum

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Geastrum fimbriatum
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Geastrales
Family: Geastraceae
Genus: Geastrum
G. fimbriatum
Binomial name
Geastrum fimbriatum
Fr. (1829)
  • Geastrum rufescens var. minor Pers. (1801)
  • Geaster tunicatus Vittad. (1842)
  • Geastrum tunicatum Vittad. (1842)
Geastrum fimbriatum
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Glebal hymenium
No distinct cap
Spore print is brown
Ecology is saprotrophic
Edibility is inedible

Geastrum fimbriatum, commonly known as the fringed earthstar or the sessile earthstar, is an inedible species of mushroom belonging to the genus Geastrum, or earthstar fungi. First described in 1829, the species has a widespread distribution, and is found in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. It is distinguished from other earthstars by the delicate fibers that line the circular pore at the top of its spore sac.


Elias Magnus Fries described Geastrum fimbriatum (as Geaster fimbriatus) in his 1829 Systema mycologicum.[2]

It is commonly known as the fringed earthstar[3] or the sessile earthstar.[4] The specific epithet fimbriatum means "fringed", referring to the characteristic edge of the apical spore of the spore sac.[5]


The fruit bodies of Geastrum fimbriatum start out roughly spherical and hypogeous. As it matures, it pushed up through the soil and the other layer of the spore case (exoperidium) splits open to form between 5 and 8 rays that curve downward. The fully expanded fruit body has a diameter of up to 3 cm (1.2 in). Before expansion, the outer surface has a cottony surface with adherent soil particles; this ultimately peels off to reveal a smooth, grayish-brown surface. The inner spore sac is yellowish brown and features a small conical pore with fringed edges. Unlike other similar earthstar fungi, the edges of this pore are not sharply delimited from the rest of the spore sac, and do not have grooves.[3] The fruit bodies have no distinctive taste or odor.[6]

The spores are spherical, roughened by many small points or warts, and measure 2.4–4 μm. The capillitium is thick-walled, unbranched, and 4–7 μm thick.[3]

Similar species include Geastrum saccatum, which is larger – up to 5 cm (2.0 in) across – and has a clearly delimited ring-like area around the pore opening. Geastrum rufescens has reddish tones that are absent from G. fimbriatum.[3]

Although typically listed by field guides as an inedible species,[5] it is eaten by the tribal peoples of Madhya Pradesh.[7]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

Geastrum fimbriatum is a saprobic species,[5] and it fruit bodies grow on the ground in groups or clusters, usually near the stumps of hardwood trees. It is found in Asia (India[8] l, Mongolia[9]), eastern North America[3] (including Mexico[10]), Central America (Costa Rica),[11] South America (Brazil),[12] and Europe.[6]

The species was depicted in a Nigerian postage stamp in 1985.[13]


  1. ^ "Geastrum fimbriatum Fr. 1829". MycoBank. International Mycological Association. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  2. ^ Fries EM. (1829). Systema Mycologicum (in Latin). Vol. 3. Greifswald, Germany: Sumtibus Ernesti Mauritii. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c d e McKnight VB, McKnight KH (1987). A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America. Peterson Field Guides. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin. p. 359. ISBN 0-395-91090-0.
  4. ^ Mitchell K. (2006). Field Guide to Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Britain and Europe (Field Guide). New Holland Publishers. p. 156. ISBN 1-84537-474-6.
  5. ^ a b c Roody WC. (2003). Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 442. ISBN 0-8131-9039-8.
  6. ^ a b Jordan M. (2004). The Encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe. London, UK: Frances Lincoln. p. 359. ISBN 0-7112-2378-5.
  7. ^ De Roman M. (2010). "The Contribution of Wild Fungi to Diet, Income and Health: A World Review". Progress in Mycology. p. 331. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3713-8_12. ISBN 978-90-481-3712-1.
  8. ^ Sanjeev Kumar; Sharma YP. (2011). "Systematics studies on Geastrum species from Jammu province". Journal of Plant Development Sciences. 3 (1/2): 61–5. ISSN 0974-6382.
  9. ^ Kreisel H. (1975). "Gasteromycetes from Mongolia". Feddes Repertorium. 86 (5): 321–7. doi:10.1002/fedr.19750860504. ISSN 0014-8962.
  10. ^ Esqueda M, Herrera T, Perez-Siva E, Sanchez A (2003). "Distribution of Geastrum species from some priority regions for conservation of biodiversity of Sonora, Mexico". Mycotaxon. 87: 445–56.
  11. ^ Calonge FD, Mata M, Carranza J (2005). "Contribucion al catalogo de los Gasteromycetes (Basidiomycotina, Fungi) de Costa Rica" [Contribution to the catalogue of the Gasteromycetes (Basidiomycotina, Fungi) of Costa Rica]. Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid (in Spanish). 62 (1): 23–45. doi:10.3989/ajbm.2005.v62.i1.26. ISSN 0211-1322.
  12. ^ Trierveiler-Pereira L, Calonge FD, Baseia IG (2011). "New distributional data on Geastrum (Geastraceae, Basidiomycota) from Brazil". Acta Botanica Brasilica. 25 (3): 577–85. doi:10.1590/s0102-33062011000300010.
  13. ^ Moss MO. (1998). "Gasteroid Basidiomycetes on postage stamps". Mycologist. 12 (3): 104–6. doi:10.1016/S0269-915X(98)80005-0.