Geastrum (earthstars) are a genus of fungi similar to puffballs, growing on the ground amongst organic matter, but with the central fruiting body surrounded by petal like structures. Geastrum species are found globally, however there are at least ten species native to New Zealand.
This example was observed within the Wither Hills Farm Park under mature kānuka trees in the QEII Covenant area of the Sutherland Stream catchment.
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