Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12-04-12. Identified by Joanne Schwartz. © Peter J. Bryant

 

Giant Hygroscopic Earthstar

Astraeus hygrometricus

Boletales: Diplocystidiaceae

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Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12-04-12. Identified by Joanne Schwartz. © Peter J. Bryant
Time-lapse video showing expansion in response to high humidity

Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12-04-12. Identified by Joanne Schwartz. © Peter J. Bryant

Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12-04-12. Identified by Joanne Schwartz. © Peter J. Bryant

Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12-04-12. Identified by Joanne Schwartz. © Peter J. Bryant

Dilley Prsrv., Lag. Coast Wldns., 7-11-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Dilley Prsrv., Lag. Coast Wldns., 7-11-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.