Lycoperdon pyriforme (Stump Puffball)
Family
Lycoperdaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
1.5-4 cm diameter, 1-5 cm tall
Edibility
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Description
Lycoperdon pyriforme, also known as Stump Puffball, is identified by its elongated pear shape, its smooth surface at maturity, white cords at the base, and its occurrence on woody substrates (most others in the genus grow on the ground). It grows in dense clusters and sometimes covers logs with hundreds of fruiting bodies.

Fruiting body often pear-shaped, but may also be nearly spherical. When very young covered in small white spines that typically fall off before maturity. Colour ranges from nearly white to yellowish brown with darker shades developing with age. Spore mass at first white and firm, becoming olive-brown and powdery. Spores are olive-brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are round or subglobose, smooth, and have a diameter of 3.5-4.5┬Ám.

Lycoperdon pyriforme on the First Nature Web site.
Lycoperdon pyriforme on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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