Lycoperdon pyriforme

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Lycoperdon pyriforme

25 August 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Pestle or pear shaped, surface warty, white, warts falling away with age to leave a smooth surface, darkening with age, insides ripening into a powdery spore mass which is released through an apical opening in the thin outer skin, to about 5 cm high

Flesh

White when young

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On exposed and buried rotten wood

Spore Print

Olive-brown

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical, smooth (3-4) µm

Edibility

Edible when white throughout

Notes

Pyriforme means 'pear shaped'