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Common puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum

Description:

Is a species of puffball mushroom in the Agaricaceae family. A common species with a cosmopolitan distribution, it is a moderate-sized puffball with a round fruit body tapering to a wide stalk, and dimensions of 1.5 to 6 cm (0.6 to 2.4 in) wide by 3 to 7 cm (1.2 to 2.8 in) tall. It is off-white with a top covered in short spiny bumps or 'jewels', which are easily rubbed off. When mature they become brown and a hole in the top opens to release spores in a burst when the body is compressed by raindrops, a touch, falling nuts, etc.

Habitat:

It grows in fields, gardens, and along roadsides, as well as in grassy clearings in woods. The puffball is edible when young and the internal flesh is completely white. Laboratory tests indicate that extracts of the puffball have antimicrobial and antifungal activities.

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4 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

There are many here in the woods :-)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Spectacular! I found a puff ball, but yours is AMAZING!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

que nombres :-)

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 10 years ago

Traducido al español es "pedo de lobo" pues al soltar las esporas produce un ruido, polvillo y desagradable olor. Cosas curiosas.

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Grez-Doiceau, Région wallonne, Belgium

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Oct 30, 2011

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