By Katy Gill
This amazingly rare mushroom was captured puffing out a cloud of spores in order to reproduce.
The strange sight was captured by Joanna Szturemska, 28, in Sankey Valley Park in Warrington.
Despite the unusual appearance of the Gaestrum mushroom, it isn’t poisonous – though for humans it is inedible.
Joanna said: “The cloud of spores is usually released when raindrops hits on the spore sac or because of animal.
“The spores are not reproduced by the mushroom. Spores are naturally created inside the mushroom and they eject when mushroom is mature.
“In the video we can see a mature Gaestrum Earthstar mushroom ejecting spores with powder.
“They don’t have any purpose for human. They’re beautiful, but not useful. As any mushroom, they can be eaten by animals
“It does depend on the country, but yes, mostly they are uncommon species. I found it once before in Poland, but it was a smaller Gaestrum fimbriatum mushroom.”