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Stump Puffballs - Lycoperdon pyriforme These puffballs are round when young, but become pear-shaped when mature. Also, when they are mature, they develop a central hole through which spores are liberated - usually by rain. I spotted dozens of these puffballs all growing together on rotting wood. Geotagged,Lycoperdon pyriforme,Pear-shaped Puffball,Summer,United States,fungi,fungus,mushroom,mushrooms,puffballs Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Stump Puffballs - Lycoperdon pyriforme

These puffballs are round when young, but become pear-shaped when mature. Also, when they are mature, they develop a central hole through which spores are liberated - usually by rain. I spotted dozens of these puffballs all growing together on rotting wood.

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  1. Oh man!! It's too bad you didn't find them fresh! That would have been a great dinner! Posted 2 months ago
    1. There were so many of them! Posted 2 months ago
      1. Did you squoosh them? :D Posted 2 months ago
        1. Always do :) Posted 2 months ago

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''Lycoperdon pyriforme'', commonly known as the pear-shaped puffball or stump puffball, is a saprobic fungus present throughout much of the world. Emerging in autumn, this puffball is common and abundant on decaying logs of both deciduous and coniferous wood. It is considered a choice edible when still immature and the inner flesh is white.

Similar species: Gilled Mushrooms
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Aug 11, 2018. Captured Aug 26, 2017 11:00 in 98 CT-179, Barkhamsted, CT 06063, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/16.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm