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Lycoperdon pyriforme   (Stump Puffball)
Family
Lycoperdaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
1.5-4 cm diameter, 1-5 cm tall
Edibility

Description
It is smallish, white or grey-brown, having a pear-shaped structure on a pedestal. Grows typically in troops on rotten wood or stumps, sometimes submerged so that the fruiting bodies appear to be growing on soil.

Fruiting body often pear-shaped, but may also be nearly spherical. When very young covered in small white spines that typically fall off before maturity. Colour ranges from nearly white to yellowish brown with the darker shades developing with age. Spore mass at first white and firm, becoming olive-brown and powdery. Spores are olive-brown.

Similar species Found in open, wooded areas, Lycoperdon lividium is also smooth, but is grayer and has warty spores (those of Lycoperdon pyriforme are almost smooth).

Lycoperdon pyriforme on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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