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Calostoma fuscum

Common Prettymouth

 

The fruit body consists of a more or less globular sac of powdery spores atop a broad stem. The brown spore sac is about a centimetre in diameter and has a star-shaped mouth, initially bright red. At first there is a hemispherical cap over the spore sac and that cap falls off in one piece.

 

The stem (several centimetres long and 1 or 2 in diameter) looks like a braided bundle of roughened cords and has a rubbery texture (at least initially or in moist conditions).

 

Found growing from the ground, often in wet forests but in our area it has turned up on the eastern slope of Black Mountain.

 

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Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Apr 2022 by Rebeccajgee Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Mar 2022 by RobG1 Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 28 Jun 2021 by AnneG1 Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 15 Oct 2018 by KenT Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Jun 2018 by KenT Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 May 2017 by KenT Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016 by KenT Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 May 2016 by NickWilson Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 May 2016 by KenT Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 19 Jun 2015 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 10 Apr 2022 by Rebeccajgee
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 23 Mar 2022 by RobG1
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Paddys River, ACT - 28 Jun 2021 by AnneG1
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 15 Oct 2018 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 Jun 2018 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 21 May 2017 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 May 2016 by NickWilson
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 May 2016 by KenT
Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth) at Cotter River, ACT - 19 Jun 2015 by KenT

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Species information

  • Calostoma fuscum Scientific name
  • Common Prettymouth Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 0m to 938m Recorded at altitude

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