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

synonyms: Bimbós pöfeteg, Common Puffball, Flaschenstäubling, Flaschenbovist, Vesse-de-loup à pierreries
Lycoperdon perlatum F Mushroom
Ref No: 9460
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Lycoperdon perlatum Mushroom
Ref No: 9461
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Lycoperdon perlatum2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9462
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Lycoperdon perlatum4 Mushroom
Ref No: 9464
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Lycoperdon perlatum5 Mushroom
Ref No: 9465
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Lycoperdon perlatum Mushroom
Ref No: 24519
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lycoperdon perlatum Pers. syn. L. gemmatum Batsch Flaschenstäubling, Flaschenbovist, Bimbós pöfeteg, Vesse-de-loup à pierreries, Common Puffball. Fruit body 2.5–6cm across, 2–9cm high, subglobose with a distinct stem, white at first becoming yellowish brown, outer layer of short pyramidal warts especially dense on the head, rubbing off to leave an indistinct mesh-like pattern on the inner wall which opens by a pore. Gleba olive-brown at maturity; sterile base spongy, occupying the stem. Spores olivaceous-brown, globose, minutely warted, 3.5–4.5m. Habitat woodland. Season summer to late autumn. Common. Edible and good -when the flesh is pure white. Distribution, America and Europe. The latest image comes to me from Bob Raley, many thanks Bob.

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Rob Evans (United Kingdom) - 10 September 2014

Frosted husk of Common Puffball. October 2013.
Lycoperdon perlatum
Rob Evans (United Kingdom) - 10 September 2014

Common Puffball group found in grass on edge of Birch woodland. Staffordshire August 2014.
Lycoperdon perlatum
Kristina Trott (United States) - 21 August 2013

Growing on oak log and debris
Lycoperdon perlatum
Peter Grinyer (United Kingdom) - 29 October 2012

I found this and many others like it in my local woods, I believe it's a common Puffball? though I may be wrong
Lycoperdon perlatum
Leigh Mueller (United States) - 01 October 2012

These are all over the forest where I live in the Catskills (upstate New York) - they appear in groups or singly within a day of rain. I think they are the same as the others on this page.
Lycoperdon perlatum
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 December 2011

Very old ones
Lycoperdon perlatum
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 December 2011

Very young ones. Hungarian name, Bimbos pöfeteg
Lycoperdon perlatum
Emily Sneddon (United Kingdom) - 15 September 2011

taken on 15-09-11 in woodland, Petersfield.
Lycoperdon perlatum
Lynn Pepper (United Kingdom) - 18 February 2011

mine are not white like the others but I think they are the same. They seen to rot away on the inside and then explode with green dust. Take in Stone, Staffs. England
Lycoperdon perlatum
Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2010

Photographed in Piper's Hill Wood, Worcestershire.
Lycoperdon perlatum
Zsuzsa Magyar (United Kingdom) - 25 September 2010

Found in spruce woods in September
Lycoperdon perlatum
Ashley Watson (United Kingdom) - 13 April 2009

Came across these in January!
Lycoperdon perlatum
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