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Pear-shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme


The fruiting body of the pear-shaped puffball measures 1.5 to 4.5 cm in width by 2 to 4.5 cm in height. They are often pear-shaped as the name suggests, but they may also be nearly spherical. When very young they are covered in small white spines that typically fall off before maturity. A small developing pore may be visible at the top, while the sterile base of the mushroom is small and appears to be pinched in. Colour ranges from nearly white to yellowish brown with the darker shades developing with age. The central pore ruptures at late maturity to allow the wind and rain to disperse the spores. (wikipedia)


Emerging in autumn, this puffball is common and abundant on decaying logs of both deciduous and coniferous wood.


It is considered a choice edible when still immature and the inner flesh is white.

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TiffanyMarieMazz 11 years ago

Pear shaped puffball

Noe and Pili
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Noe and Pili

New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012

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