Myriostoma, the salt-shaker earthstar, is the largest fungus in the
earthstar family, with a fruit body up to 12 cm (4.7 in) across. It
has been found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. It
grows in humus-rich forests or in woodlands, especially on well-drained
and sandy soils. Myriostoma coliforme, the only species in the genus, is
somewhat rare, appearing on the Red Lists of 12 European countries. It
was one of 33 species proposed for protection in 2004 under the Bern
Convention by the European Council for Conservation of Fungi. The
inedible fruit body, initially shaped like a puffball, is encased in an
outer covering that splits open from the top to form rays. These pieces
curve down in a star shape to expose a papery spore case surrounding the
fertile spore-bearing tissue, the gleba. The fungus is unique among the
earthstars in having a spore sac that is supported by multiple stalks,
and is perforated by several small holes, suggestive of its common name.
The spores are dispersed when falling water hits the sac, forcing them
up through the holes.
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