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Fungi Calostoma fuscum

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Henry Arthur Readford
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DO NOT use these photos as a tool for safe identification of edible wild mushrooms—use resources that are designed for that purpose

Cap: A spherical gleba, 15 - 20 × 10 - 15 mm is closed by a hemispherical cap which falls off at maturity revealing the bright red, normally six pointed stoma (mouth); surface brown to dark brown with small paler warts particularly in the lower part; tough, leathery..
Stipe: central, 40 - 70 × 15 mm, made up of slightly gelatinous upright column of interwoven hyphal strands.
Spores: white; ellipsoid; 6-8 × 10-12 μm, amyloid, thick walled, ornamented with small rough warts.
Pileipellis:
Habitat: growing in clusters, some fasciculate, in deep litter and mixed debris under Eucalyptus and other trees in wet sclerophyl forest.
Notes: The English name of this species is the Common Prettymouth. The easiest way to distinguish it from other Calostoma species is the detachable hemispherical cap which comes away in one piece.
References. Queensland Mycological Society &A field guide to Australian Fungi.
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First photo shows it as t sits on the round among foliage. the next shows it dug ready for collecting along with the cap showing its outer side
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the third shows the inner of the cap. the last shows the star side on and size comparison o the lady holding it for collection
 
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