Observation 174855: Lycoperdon Pers.

When: 2014-08-20

Collection location: Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

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The one in this obs…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-24 22:42:34 CDT (-0500)

may be immature. It’s very white.

Roody says the spines on echinatum may be up to 6 mm long. Also, he says echinatum develops an apical pore in the spore case. So, actually, you have me wondering about my L. marginatum proposal obs 174853 .

There are a few of what I think are the same thing as in this obs (174855) somewhere on my front lawn. I’ll look for them tomorrow, and hopefully we get to see how they have developed.

May be
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2014-08-24 21:40:19 CDT (-0500)

wrong on this! L. echinatum spines range upwards from 3 mm. long if I remember correctly. Check one of my posts for this species which shows it after the spines are gone. MO. obs 123367. This obs was nothing more than an educated guess. If I may call it that.

Yeah, Phil. It looks like there’s a few…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-22 23:48:24 CDT (-0500)

little bunches of spines kinda pushed together.

I noticed a few more of these on my lawn today, and I won’t need to mow for several days. So we’ll see what happens with them. Phillips says a net-like pattern is revealed when the spines fall off of echinatum.

I also see the fused spine tips with a larger type obs 174853 . But there is no net-like pattern on the surface beneath the spines.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Chose L. echinatum
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2014-08-22 15:50:35 CDT (-0500)

due to the small size and your photos seem to show three to four triangular spines merging at the tips.

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