Observation 104809: Lycoperdon Pers.

When: 2012-08-11

Collection location: Chief Mountain Trail, Clear Creek Co., Colorado, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

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Recognized by sight
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Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified; plus obs. on MO of Sclerodermas.

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Not Scleroderma IMO.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-08-11 21:36:58 PDT (-0700)

If you blow the photo up to huge, it becomes apparent the peridium is covered with conical warts. There are no similar Sclerodermas that I am aware of. But I’d be happy to learn otherwise.

The base is not shown. But what is shown is a very large, I would say rooting, sterile base. This looks very similar to Lycoperdon. So, I attempted to find a Lycoperdon with conical warts. And failed. If this is a Lycoperdon, it may be something either atypical, rare, or maybe new.

Finally, there is the gleba, which shows distinctive radiating lines from the upper sterile base outward in a fan-shape, somewhat similar to Radiigera or Pyrenogaster. I see nothing in the picture that proves hypogeous habitat.

I’m going to suggest Lycoperdon. And I’m happy to say I have absolutely no reason to suggest that except for the greenish gleba (unusual or unheard of in Scleroderma, but common among some Lycoperdon) plus what seems to be a thick and deep sterile base.

Created: 2012-08-11 19:33:22 PDT (-0700)
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