Pedicel Puffball

Lycoperdon caudatum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Pedicel Puffball Lycoperdon caudatum J. Schröt. syn. L. pedicellatum Peck (illustrated 50% life size) 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; inner wall papery, pale brown, opening by a torn pore. Gleba finally cinnamon to olive-brown; sterile base well-developed, occupying entire stem. Spores 3.5–4.5×4–5¼, broadly ovate to subglobose with a long stalk, minutely warted; brown. Habitat in rich soil in woodland; late summer to autumn. Very rare, found in Scotland and northern Europe, endangered on Red Data List. Unknown edibility.

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