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

synonyms: Birnenstäubling, Körtealakú pöfeteg, Stump Puffball, Vesse-de-loup en poire
Lycoperdon pyriforme Mushroom
Ref No: 9466
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Lycoperdon pyriforme2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9467
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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
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows on wood

Lycoperdon pyriforme Schaeff. ex Pers. Birnenstäubling Körtealakú (körte alakú) pöfeteg Vesse-de-loup en poire, Stump Puffball. Fruit body 1.5–4cm across, 3.5cm high, subglobose to club-shaped, attached to the substrate by mycelial strands, whitish at first finally yellowish- or greyish-brown, outer layer of scurfy spines, warts, or granules, inner wall becoming smooth and papery, opening by an apical pore. Gleba olive-brown; sterile base occupying the stem spongy, but the cavities forming rather small cells. Spores olive-brown, globose, smooth, 3–4um in diameter. Capillitium distinctive in being formed of brownish branched threads which lack all trace of tiny hyaline pores, all other members of the genus have poroid capillitial threads. Habitat in groups or swarms on rotten logs or stumps, often appearing to grow in soil but in reality attached to buried wood by the characteristic white mycelial cords. Season summer to late autumn. Common. Edible when young. Distribution, America and Europe.

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Kristina Trott (United States) - 09 January 2016

Spore explosion-- looks greener than this actually. Do NOT breath in spores! Lung irritant--
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 11 March 2015

growing for several years on remains of huge fallen oak
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Rose DeNeve (United States) - 25 September 2013

I believe this is a Lycoperdon pyriforme. It was photographed 07 Sept.2013 on the Third Lake Trail in the Adirondack Mtns., New York State, USA. Please do confirm this identification. Thanks.
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Joanna Wheatland (United Kingdom) - 24 October 2012

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 December 2011

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 December 2011

Hungarian names, Körtepöfeteg, Csoportos pöfeteg, Körte alaku pöfeteg
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Harry Swihart (United States) - 14 October 2011

Harry Swihart, Cassopolis, Michigan USA I beleive these are Lycoperdon Pyriforme found both 18Jul11 and 14Oct11 in southwest Michigan.
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Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2010

Photographed on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.
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Jorge Jensen (United States) - 27 September 2010

Ontario, Canada. Autumn '09.
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Zsuzsa Magyar (United Kingdom) - 25 September 2010

Found amongst spruce trees in September
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