I found this mushroom growing in my flower bed amidst the mulch of pine bark.
It was growing very close to the ground.
It looks like a flower to me.
I don't recall ever seeing one like this before...are they common?
Their common name is "Earthstars" from the latin family Geastraceae. They are small version of the puffball mushroom. The outer layer splits into "rays" that arch back and lift the earthstar up. This makes it easier for the wind to carry away small puffs of spores.I don't know how common they are.
Holly--are you kidding? Is there anything you don't know? I love the picture...it doesn't look like a gross fungus there. ;)
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