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Today's mushroom is Bovista plumbea (Paltry Puffball). The mushroom is Edible. It grows in Western Europe, California.
Description: This small, white, puffball, often referred to as the paltry puffball, is attached to the stony surface by several strands. It often lives scattered to clustered in disturbed areas, especially in sparse grass and pastures.
Fruiting body attached to the substrate by a tuft of mycelium, and spherical to slightly compressed. The surface is white, becoming buff to pale-tan and minutely tomentose. It is falling away in flakes at maturity to reveal dark grey papery contents. Spores are olive to sepia-brown.
Bovista plumbea on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Bovista plumbea on Wikipedia.
Dimensions: 2-3 cm diameter * 2-3 cm tall
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