GEM STUDDED PUFFBALL

Lycoperdon perlatum
PUFFBALL FAMILY (Lycoperdaceae)

Description
This puffball is shaped like an inverted pear (turban shaped), with a fairly prominent stem and a roundish to flattened top. It is 1- 2 1/2 inches wide and it is covered with long and short white spines when young and fresh. The spines fall away by maturity and leave scars on the surface. This mushroom opens by a pore at the top.

Occurrence
It is seen from July to October. It grows on the ground alone or in clusters. This puffball grows in woods under hardwoods or conifers, but is also common along roadsides and in urban settings. However, it seems rare in Fontenelle Forest and has been seen only twice on the floodplain.

Comments
Also known as the common puffball.

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