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Camp Helen State Park - earthstars

On Dec. 5, 2008 I found many mature earthstars (earth stars) growing in the same small area with an unfamiliar type of lichen. I called them "puffballs" because of their appearance. They have a puff ball structure within exterior husk, like an earthball. The lower picture shows how they deteriorate. Since then I've found them on the site discovered on 2009-01-16 contingent to Pt. Washington State Forest and many more. See more about earthstars below.

Here are some of the references I found for tentative visual identification as an earthstar:

More about earthstars

Deer lichen site 4.5. Back to Camp Helen or deer lichen. See also fungi.

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