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Lycoperdon pusillum 

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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 pusillum 

Puffballs are easy to recognize since they do not have an open cap with any spore-bearing gills.  Instead, they produce spores internally in a round-shaped fruiting body.  They do not have a visible stalk.  As the spores mature, they form a mass in the body called a “gleba”.  Firm at first to the touch, as the spores ripen, the fungi becomes brittle and splits, releasing its spores.  When you cut into a true puffball, you should not find a stem nor gills inside and no layers of slime inside.

The interior begins white in colour.  This specimen has a yellow interior indicating that it is already forming its powdery spores. 

A few days after first discovering this specimen, the spores had ripened and  as I cut into the puffball, a cloud of brown dust was emitted releasing its dust-like spores.

I suspect that this is a Lycoperdon pusillum who’s fruiting bodies are generally 1-2 cm across.  At first this species is white, changing to brown with age.   This fungi produces a few scattered fruit bodies on bare ground.

The specimen below was found on the grass with 6 other specimens about 2-3 feet apart.

 

Round white puffball Lycoperdon pusillum in grass

Puffball - 1  [Lycoperdon pusillum]
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in June]

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Round white puffball Lycoperdon pusillum in grass showing roots

Puffball - 2  [Lycoperdon pusillum]
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in June.  Note the small root base.]

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Roots of round white puffball Lycoperdon pusillum

Puffball - 3  [Lycoperdon pusillum]
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in June.  Note the small root base.]

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Roots of round white immature puffball Lycoperdon pusillum

Puffball - 4  [Lycoperdon pusillum]
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in June.  Note the small root base.]

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Small round white puffball Lycoperdon pusillum

Puffball - 5  [Lycoperdon pusillum]
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in June.  Note the small root base.]

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Immature yellow interior of puffball Lycoperdon pusillum

Puffball - 6  [Lycoperdon pusillum]

An immature specimen that is still white on the exterior and a dirty yellow inside.
The puffball feels fairly firm at this point.

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White Lycoperdon pusillum puffball fungus cut in half

Puffball - 7  [Lycoperdon pusillum]

An immature specimen that is still white on the exterior and a dirty yellow inside.
The puffball feels fairly firm at this point.

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Black brown spores of Lycoperdon pusillum puffball

Puffball - 8  [Lycoperdon pusillum]

Two days later the exterior shell of the puffball has become thin and the specimen feels soft.
When cut open, fine, powdery dark brown spores burst forth from within.

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Hand holding cut puffball Lycoperdon pusillum showing black brown spores

Puffball - 9  [Lycoperdon pusillum]

Two days later the exterior shell of the puffball has become thin and the specimen feels soft.
When cut open, fine, powdery dark brown spores burst forth from within.

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