Lycoperdon perlatum

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Lycoperdon perlatum

13 September 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Puffball, Fuzz ball

Fruiting Body

Pestle shaped, decorated with conical warts which fall away with age to reveal a smooth surface decorated with a network, initially white, then brown with age, insides ripening into a powdery spore mass which is released through an apical opening in the thin outer skin, to about 10 cm high

Flesh

White when young

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On soil or rotten wood in deciduous woods and with conifers, usually in groups, sometimes tufted

Spore Print

Olive-brown

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, finely warty (3.5-4.5) µm

Edibility

Edible when white throughout

Notes

Perlatum means 'widespread'

Additional Photographs

Lycoperdon perlatum

October 2004 Oxfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Lycoperdon perlatum

October 2004 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin