|Geastrum saccatum (Photo: Wikipedia)|
Now the mystery is solved. A bit of googling, and this is what I learned ...
Its name is Geastrum australe. It is an inedible species of mushroom belonging to the genus Geastrum or earthstar fungi. It can be mistaken for Geastrum saccatum or Geasturm simulans, and is found in Melbourne.
I mentioned that it has rained steadily on and off for months now. The soil is nicely damp after years of heat and drought. Other mushrooms have appeared in the garden as well. Snails have re-appeared after a long absence. Common ordinary garden snails as well as exquisite tiny snails with delicate spherical shaped shells. There is lovely soft green moss between the stones on some of the paths.
I welcome and appreciate mushrooms, snails and moss in the name of biodiversity. The weather will eventually return to heat and drought. Then the mushrooms, snails, moss and other living things that need damp, will disappear again.
And then I will miss my earth stars.
|Geastrum australes (Photo: Wikipedia)|