Lycoperdon perlatum
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Description:
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Like all Lycoperdon species, they have a sterile stipe, resulting in their pestle shape. These start out white and covered in small scales. As they develop, they darken and the scales weather off, leaving a reticulated pattern.
Common name: Devil's Snuffbox
Found: Native forest
Substrate: Ground
Spore: Brown
Height: 80 mm
Width: 40 mm
Season: Late summer to late autumn.
Edible: Yes when young
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Macro images:
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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PPD 81159    Scale= 11.5 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 11.5 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 11.5 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 13 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 11 mm.
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The same puffball two weeks later showing how most of the scales have weathered off.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 9 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 9 mm.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Scale= 6 mm.
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Although its unusual to see this species on wood it does happen when the wood is well rotted.
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Hidden Forest
Forest Fungi