Lycoperdon excipuliforme (Pistle-shaped Puffball)
North America, Europe
3-10 cm diameter * 8-20 cm tall
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Lycoperdon excipuliforme, also known as Pistle-shaped Puffball, is a pale buff or brown, pestle-shaped fungus that fruits most often singly or in very small groups in woodland habitats.

Fruiting body covered with short spines and warts, which gradually fall away to expose a smooth, ochraceous endoperidium (the membrane that surrounds the spore-producing structure). This papery covering splits irregularly from the top, unveiling a distinctive brown cup and stem. Stem slightly tapering in at the base; spongy; surface soon becoming wrinkled; initially white with pointed warts, but later turning ochre and becoming smooth and leathery. Spore mass initially white, becoming olive and then purple-brown at maturity.

Microscopic Features: Spherical spores, ranging from 3.5µm to 5.5µm in diameter, with wart-like texture.

Synonyms Handkea excipuliformis

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