Lycoperdon nigrescens (Dusky Puffball)
North America, Europe
1-4 cm diameter * 1.5-3 cm tall
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Lycoperdon nigrescens, also known as the Dusky Puffball, is a rounded fungus, typically featuring a distinct stem and long dark spines. It bears a strong resemblance to the Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), but it is characterized by a darker skin tone and small, persistent dark warts, distinguishing it from other commonly encountered puffballs. This mushroom typically grows in troops on acidic soil found in heaths, coniferous forests, and mixed woodlands.

Fruiting body pallid brown and covered with dark brown spines. They are fused in groups at the tips, falling away to reveal a brown papery surface decorated with a faint net pattern. Through a sub-spherical opening through a pore at the apex, the fertile head tapers or pinches down into a distinct, but a very short, sterile, spongy basal region. The spore mass is at first white and firm becoming brown and powdery. Spores are brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are approximately 4.5-5┬Ám in diameter, exhibiting a spherical shape with minimal warts.

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