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Gem-studded puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum


The puffball grows in fields, gardens, and along roadsides, as well as in grassy clearings in woods. It is edible when young and the internal flesh is completely white, although care must be taken to avoid confusion with immature fruit bodies of poisonous Amanita species. L. perlatum can usually be distinguished from other similar puffballs by differences in surface texture. Several chemical compounds have been isolated and identified from the fruit bodies of L. perlatum, including sterol derivatives, volatile compounds that give the puffball its flavor and odor, and the unusual amino acid lycoperdic acid. Laboratory tests indicate that extracts of the puffball have antimicrobial and antifungal activities. - excerpt from Expedia


The species was first described in the scientific literature in 1796 by mycologist Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. synonyms include Lycoperdon gemmatum (as described by August Batsch in 1783); the variety Lycoperdon gemmatum var. perlatum (published by Elias Magnus Fries in 1829[5]); Lycoperdon bonordenii (George Edward Massee, 1887); and Lycoperdon perlatum var. bonordenii (A.C. Perdeck, 1950). - excerpt from Expedia

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Michael Strydom
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RiekoS 3 years ago

Thank you all so much!

Great photos Rieko,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Congratulations on SOTD!

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Rieko!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Very odd looking mushroom. Nice spotting.

RiekoS 3 years ago

Thank you so very much!

AshleyT 3 years ago

Congrats Rieko, this neat mushroom has been voted as Spotting of the Week!



RiekoS 3 years ago

Thank you very much.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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New York, USA

Lat: 42.26, Long: -74.73

Spotted on Sep 23, 2016
Submitted on Sep 28, 2016

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