As I was in the area anyway, I went for a second look at the collared earth stars on Compton Hill. In the two days since my previous visit, a couple of new fruiting bodies had emerged, looking like they had not yet completely opened. I couldn’t see any signs of change in the fruiting bodies which had already been there.
Collared earth stars by the side of the main road near the top of Compton hill. They are sometimes called saucered earth stars, or triple earth stars, and more formally Geastrum triplex, and are by far the most common members of the earth star genus round here. There’s a chance of spotting them any time from now till early in spring.
Two close-ups of a seed-head of a teazle as the seeds ripen towards maturity. Each seed is attached to a long spike which has a hook at the far end, perfect for getting stuck in the fur of some animal which will then disperse the seed well away from the parent plant. These close views show the spikes are covered in lesser hooks all down towards the seeds themselves.