Lycoperdon echinatum

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Lycoperdon echinatum

October 2000 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Spiny Puffball

Fruiting Body

Pestle shaped, densely covered with coarse spines, which fall away with age to reveal a smooth surface decorated with a network, initially white, then brown with age, insides ripening into a brown powdery spore mass which is released through a small apical opening in the thin outer skin, to about 5 cm across and 6 cm high

Flesh

White when young

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In deciduous woods

Spore Print

Brown

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, with small spines (4-6) µm

Edibility

Not edible

Notes

Echinatum means 'with spines'