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Lycoperdon perlatum 

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

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Lycoperdon perlatum is most likely the most common of the woodland puffballs in North America.   It is commonly known as the "Common, Warted" or "Gem-Studded Puffball".  It is also called the "Devil's Snuff-box".  Part of the Agaricaceae family, although this species varies in appearance, it it very widely distributed and easy to recognize.

Morganella pyriformis is somewhat close in appearance but the distinguishing feature here is that L. perlatum grows on the ground, while M. pyriforms grows on wood.

Calvatia excipuliformis also looks similar, but this is a much larger puffball reaching 15 cm in height and 10 cm wide.

This species of puffball has a rounded fruiting body with a fairly wide, tapered stem.  Some have described it as looking like an upside down pear.  When young, L. perlatum looks as though it is covered with small white spines sometimes referred to as "jewels".  At maturity, these spines rub off and leave behind scars with a net-like pattern.

Fruiting bodies are at first white and then become beige and brownish.  They have rounded tops 2 - 7 cm side and are about 3 - 7 cm high.  The white interior later turns yellow or olive.  At maturity, brownish spores are released from a central perforation when the body of the puffball is compressed.  Even a falling raindrop is enough to expel the spore dust.

Typical places to look for L. perlatum is in the woods under hardwoods or conifers.  They grow alone or in clusters and also along roadsides and in urban settings.  I found these specimens growing in late Fall in Northern Ontario.

 

Lycoperdon perlatum white studded puffball mushroom

L. perlatum - 1
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Notice how the exoperidium is covered in spines, sometimes referred to as "warts" or "jewels".

 

Lycoperdon perlatum white studded puffball mushroom on ground

L. perlatum - 2
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Lycoperdon perlatum white round studded puffball mushroom

L. perlatum - 3
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Round white puffball fungus on ground with spikes.

L. perlatum - 4
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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White round spiked small fungus mushroom.

L. perlatum - 5
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Beige tan bumpy puffball mushroom.

L. perlatum - 6
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Beige white found puffball mushroom with stem.

L. perlatum - 7
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Lycoperdon perlatum white studded puffball mushroom

L. perlatum - 8
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Look closely at the top of the puffball above, see the scars or pockmarks left behind from rubbed off spines?

 

Beige studded round puffball mushrooms with small stems

L. perlatum - 9
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Lycoperdon perlatum Gemm-studded white puffball in pine needles.

L. perlatum - 10
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Mature Lycoperdon perlatum puffball fungus.

L. perlatum - 11
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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Mature Gem-Studded Puffball in pine needles.

L. perlatum - 12
[Photographed in Northern Ontario at Grundy Lake Prov. Park - October]

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