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Lycoperdon pedicellatum.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Gestielter Stäubling
Lycoperdon pedicellatum Mushroom
Ref No: 9459
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lycoperdon pedicellatum Peck. Gestielter Stäubling. Fruit body 2–5cm across, 3–6cm high, subglobose head on a short stem, outer layer of spines 1–2mm long, single or converging at the tips, gradually wearing off to leave a net-like pattern on the pale brown papery inner wall which opens by a torn pore. Gleba finally cinnamon to olive-brown; sterile base well-developed, occupying the entire stem. Spores brown, broadly ovate to subglobose with a long stalk, minutely warted, 3.5–4.5 x 4–5um. Habitat in rich soil in woods. Season late summer to autumn. Very rare – only two British collections to date. Edible when the flesh is pure white. Distribution, America and very rare in Europe.

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