This small, white, puffball, often referred to as the paltry puffball, is attached to the stony surface by several strands. It often lives scattered to clustered in disturbed areas, especially in sparse grass and pastures.
attached to the substrate by a tuft of mycelium, and spherical to slightly compressed. The surface is white, becoming buff to pale-tan and minutely tomentose. It is falling away in flakes at maturity to reveal dark grey papery contents. Spores
are olive to sepia-brown.
The mushroom can be confused with young deadly poisonous Amanita species. A good way to tell puffballs apart from its poisonous look-a-likes, is to cut the mushroom in half from top to bottom. The inside of edible puffball mushrooms should be pure white, like a marshmallow. No signs of gills or patterns.
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on the mykoweb.com web site.