Bovista plumbea (Paltry Puffball)
Western Europe, California
2-3 cm diameter * 2-3 cm tall
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Bovista plumbea, often referred to as the Paltry Puffball, is a small, white ball-shaped fruiting body that is attached to the surface by several strands. It is commonly found scattered or clustered in disturbed areas, particularly in sparse grasslands and pastures.

Fruiting body attached to the substrate by a tuft of mycelium and is spherical to slightly compressed in shape. Its surface is initially white and gradually turns buff to pale-tan, appearing minutely tomentose. At maturity, the fruiting body flakes away, revealing dark grey papery contents. Spores olive to sepia-brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ovoid, measuring 5.0-6.5 x 4.0-5.5 µm. They have thick walls and are nearly smooth, with a central oil droplet. The spores are attached to a pedicel that is 7.5-11.5 µm in length.

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