Observation 108703: Lycoperdon excipuliforme (Scop.) Pers.
When: 2012-09-05
No herbarium specimen

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And Walt may have a better handle on this than I.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-07 16:50:22 PDT (-0700)

I have now blown up the photo to huge, and can see a portion of the interior. It looks dark brown to black to my eyes. This is not the interior color of Amanita at all.

Do GA puffballs often get predated upon early? This is the first puffball I have seen with that many surface holes in it, plus that rather large mid-point hole.

By: GA noiz (ganoiz1016)
2012-09-07 12:24:10 PDT (-0700)

felt more like a puffball

Danny is 100% spot-on here.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-05 15:20:16 PDT (-0700)

I would go further. This is unlikely in my experience to be a puffball, but possibly (or probably) is a young Amanita or similar button mushroom with a veil. Almost never see that hole in a puffball. Until proven otherwise, assume this is an Amanita button.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-05 14:12:14 PDT (-0700)

like these can be young Amanita still encased in veil material or puffballs. a cross section is the best way to tell one from the other. if you see the outline of a cap, stem and gills, it’s the former. if clean and white or olive green in age, eventually forming a powdery mass, the latter. photographs of said cross section can be helpful to include in your observation as well.

Created: 2012-09-05 11:03:39 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2012-09-07 16:50:40 PDT (-0700)
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