87R11498 CW-D
  By: Leman H.C.R. No. 61
         WHEREAS, Among the fascinating array of flora in the Lone
  Star State, one of the most unique species, both in appearance and
  life cycle, is the Texas star mushroom; and
         WHEREAS, This extremely rare mushroom, known scientifically
  as Chorioactis geaster, was first collected in Austin in 1893 and is
  nearly exclusive to Texas, with Japan being the only other place in
  the world with a notable population; highly selective about where
  it chooses to grow, the mushroom's Texas range is limited to the
  central and northern parts of the state and includes Fayette,
  Guadalupe, Hays, Travis, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, and Hunt
  Counties; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas star appears in winter, most commonly on
  the exposed roots and decaying stumps of cedar elm trees; it emerges
  as a dark brown capsule about four inches in length, which inspired
  its nickname, the devil's cigar; and
         WHEREAS, After rains, the mushroom explodes open with an
  audible hiss, seemingly puffing smoke as it fills the air with a
  cloud of spores that waft away to help ensure a future generation
  for the species; in addition to its other memorable traits, the
  mushroom, once opened, has a starlike shape that makes it seem
  custom designed for the Lone Star landscape; and
         WHEREAS, A poignant reminder of the natural diversity that
  surrounds us, the Texas star mushroom is as uncommon and striking as
  the state that serves as its home, and it is indeed deserving of
  special recognition; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 87th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate the Texas star mushroom as the official State
  Mushroom of Texas.