Collection location: Karkaraly National Park, Karaganda District, Kazakhstan [Click for map]
49.435694° 75.453056° 1012m
Lycoperdon perlatum Pers. Lycoperdaceae, Lycoperdales. (Gem-studded Puffball or Головач шиповатый настоящий или дождевик перламутровый.)
Fleshy whitish soft mushroom with fine gentle conical spines at the top, cap and stalk make a solid body.
Mushroom: 3-5cm wide, 4-8 cm high, pear-shaped with elongated base as a false stalk, turban-shaped top is covered with tiny shot spines as coarse powder; whitish, often with weak cream coloring (or very light coffee with milk); cap and stalk compose a single body; young flesh is white, then greenish-yellow up to greenish-brown spore powder as dry dust. A small 3-6mm hole appears at the top finally. Old mushroom is keeping pear-like shape and colored in olive or brown minor silver light brown color.
Habitat: common kind; crowded small clusters (minor single unite) up to very abundant in pine-tree forest minor along forest in grassy area. This kind under trees is usually slightly colored in very light tints.
Comments: young soft mushroom looks as other white meadow bigger kind (not clustered) with sterile persistent base (as a stalk under a ball with spores). A spore-bearing ball very loose and disappears fast and remnant is only fine porous stalk. Lycoperdon perlatum usually keeps its pear-like shape and sometimes over winter (?).
Edibility: edible and delicious when young and flesh is white.
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Created: 2014-10-12 05:04:02 PDT (-0700)
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