Observation 12103: Bovista pila Berk. & M.A. Curtis
When: 2008-10-06
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This small, smooth peridium western puffball, common in pastures or (in this case) a soccer field, is not hard to find nor to identify. In maturity the spore mass (gleba) becomes at first slightly yellowish-green, and matures to a powdery mass of dull brown spores held together by threads. During a good wind, these often tumble about, spreading their spores everywhere – a unique dispersal system. This particular specimen had, alas, already been punted before being found.

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Used references: Aurora’s Mushrooms Demystified, Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms

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