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Bovista nigrescens   (Brown puffball)
Family
Lycoperdaceae
Location
North and West Europe
Dimensions
3-6 cm diameter * 3-6 cm tall
Edibility

Description
This small, white, puffball, often referred to as the paltry puffball is attached to the substrate by a single mycelial cord. It grows solitary or in scattered troops in grass and pastureland mostly in late summer to autumn.

Fruiting body roughly spherical and slightly pointed at the bottom. The outer wall is white at first, but soon flakes off in large scales at maturity to expose the dark purple-brown to blackish inner wall that encloses the spore mass. Spore mass is at first white and firm, becoming clay-brown and finally olive-brown and powdery. Spores are brown.

Similar species include Bovista plumbea which is smaller and Bovista pila which is is dark brown to bronze.

Bovista nigrescens on Wikipedia.




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