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Free Images of Fabulous Fungi
Lycoperdon pyriforme / Morganella pyriformis 

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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 pyriforme OR Morganella pyriformis?  which is the correct name for this species?  Lycoperdone pyriforme was the first name used, however, a name change (2003) to Morganella pyriformis was done to reflect the fact that despite appearances, due to morphological and molecular evidence, this species is not closely related to Lycoperdon and therefore removed from the Lycoperdon genus.  In 2008 another review was done and the taxon Lycoperdon retained.

Lycoperdon pyriforme is commonly known as the "Stump" or "Pear-shaped Puffball" getting its name from "Pyri" meaning "pear" and "form" meaning "shape".  Tom Volk, mycologist, has a name that is easier to remember.  He calls this species the "Wolf-fart Puffball" reasoning that "lyco" means "wolf"  in Greek and "perdone" means "to break wind".  This is a very common species of puffball.

L. pyriforme is very similar in appearance to L. perlatum except that Lycoperdon pyriforme grows on rotting wood, while L. perlatum grows on the ground.

Fruit bodies are 1.5 - 4.5 cm wide and 2-5 cm tall.  When young, this species is whitish in colour and covered with tiny warts and granules.  Young specimens that develop in the shade are lighter in colour and may be cream-coloured.  More mature fruit bodies that have been drying may dark-brown to reddish-brown.  The interior is white at first, then turns olive-brown and powdery.  

Mature specimens develop a pore-like mouth.  The mouth, called an "ostiole", is from where spores are "puffed" out when the fruit body is disturbed by something like animals, twigs, or raindrops.  

 

 

pear shaped puffball Lycoperdon pyriforme

L. pyriforme - 1
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Note:  If you should find a small puffball growing on a rotting stump or log, more than 90% of the time it will be Lycoperdon pyriforme.  A species similar is Morganella subincarnata.  What's the difference?  M. subincarnata is not pear-shaped and due to it not having a sterile base, is more rounded.  Fruiting bodies are more wide than tall.


Hand holding Lycoperdon pyriforme puffball fungus.

L. pyriforme - 2
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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White interior or Lycoperdon pyriforme puffball mushroom.

L. pyriforme - 3
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Cluster of beige Lycoperdon pyriforme puffball mushrooms on rotting wood.

L. pyriforme - 4
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Round beige puffball mushrooms Lycoperdon pyriforme

L. pyriforme - 5
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Pear shaped tan puffball mushrooms fungi on rotting wood.

L. pyriforme - 6
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Common tan puffball mushrooms in Ontario

L. pyriforme - 7
[Photographed in Northern Ontario, near Parry Sound in October.]

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Small brown puffball fungus on moss covered log.

L. pyriforme - 8
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in October.]

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Small pear-shaped brown puffball.

L. pyriforme - 9
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in October.]

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Tan puffball with stem on rotten log Lycoperdon pyriforme

L. pyriforme - 10
[Photographed in Northern Ontario in October.]

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