Lycoperdon perlatum Lycoperdaceae Common Puffball

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Lycoperdon perlatum , Common Puffball. This small puffball is found under trees amongst the leaf-litter and is about2-6cm in diameter. The fruit-body is roughly pear-shaped with a short stalk. When young it is creamy white inside and out, and can be eaten at this stage. The interior becomes yellow, then brown with age as the spores ripen; these are then released through a small pore opening in the top. The exterior is covered in minute clusters of loose cells, appearing as little pimples, but these wear off, or are washed off in heavy rain.

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