Lycoperdon nigrescens Lycoperdaceae Dusky Puffball

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Lycoperdon nigrescens, Dusky Puffball. An attractive little puffball, uncommon in Britain and rare in Guernsey, only seen on L'Ancresse so far. I have also seen it in one place in Jersey. The brown spherical bodies are covered in short, black spines which grow in little groups and are fused together at the tips. Sporophytes are up to 5 cm in diameter. It likes to grow on heathland, and as it is not really worth eating can be left to protect it.

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