Observation 192270: Lycoperdon perlatum Pers.

When: 2014-09-05

Collection location: Marquette Park, Gary, Indiana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Reagan (rsned23)

No specimen available

Found at 10:38 am.
Saprobic, growing on a large hardwood tree log in the woods, and growing right next to each other in a cluster (some space between) as shown in the picture.
The fruiting body is round, white near the middle opening perforation and tan on the outside and covered in small, prickly, white spines (1mm in size) that create a rough surface on the outside. The body is mostly flat on the top, but a pointed part in the middle where the perforation is located. There is a short stipe like extension (soft, thick layer, with a few spines) that connects the puffball to the wood. Near the bottom of this stipe portion, it turns a darker brown color.
The shape of the fruiting body is globular, thick, inflated circle.
Fruiting body size: 3.1-3.4 cm wide, 3.6-4.1 cm high
After the fruiting body was placed in a bag for a few hours, the tissue changed to a light brown/olive color on the outside, and light brown in the center near the center perforation.
The puffball was cut open, and a large amount of light brown/olive spores were observed.
When the mushrooms were removed from the log, white mycelial strings that ran from the bottom of the mushroom were attached and connected to the bottom of the piece of wood the mushrooms were growing on.
Spore print: tan/olive
Spore shape: globose

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