Observation 142589: Bovista pusilla (Batsch) Pers.
When: 2013-08-11
(49.188° -107.5938° 821m)

Notes: Snake Pit area, West Block, Grasslands National Park

Upland grassland near slopes
Exposed soil on a faint trail
Good native habitat, species: silverleaf psoralea, pasture sage, blue grama grass
Lots of pebbles, rocks, and loose soil

Proposed Names

-56% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Mushrooms Demystified 2nd Ed. (Arora 1986)
3% (2)
Recognized by sight: Habitat looks good for this Genera. Should have a sand incrusted hat on top, which is the bottom in your image.
83% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: No sterile base or discs, other apparently younger specimens were around – basically small white balls without spines but if you look close a sort of faint scaliness.
Used references: Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada (Barron 1999) (under Lycoperdon pusillum)

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Eyes3 = Current consensus

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Disciseda possibly
By: Chris Hay (hayfield)
2013-08-24 17:04:55 PDT (-0700)

Thanks, John Steinke. Disciseda looks like a possibility – though I don’t see any sand incrusted hat on top or bottom (perhaps it is very tiny on the bottom or has fallen off in age?). The fbs have paper thin walls and are very fragile – were difficult to remove from ground while retaining the base/ “roots” without squashing. Frankly I find the Gasteromycetes baffling and frustrating – would you recommend any resources?

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