Observation 21201: Bovista pila Berk. & M.A. Curtis
When: 2009-05-22
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I think this might be some type of Truffle but would appreciate some guidance.
I found this in a mixed hardwood forest. It was growing on a stump and others had been eaten. I found large bite marks , suspect it was from a Deer judging by the size of the bites taken out of the unknown fungus. Can anyone help me Identify this one?

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Recognized by sight: I suapect this is a young Bovista pila, the tumbling puffball. I have never seen one attached to a substrate, so I don’t know what time of year they actually start to fruit. It’s definitely not an Entoloma abortivum. I’m wondering how dense it is?

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Leaning towards an Aborted Enteloma
By: Rick (ShroomLover)
2009-05-27 20:58:26 CDT (-0400)

Since I didn’t find it underground but on a stump and root system I concur that it probably isn’t a Truffle, although it resembles one somewhat. I don’t think it’s a puffball since I’ve seen many of those, nor do I think it’s a Bovista. I’m starting to think it might be an Aborted Enteloma. I will endeavour to take pictures in the field next time, for better clues.

By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-05-22 12:06:36 CDT (-0400)

From your description it sounds like they were not growing underground. If that’s true then it’s not considered a truffle, but might be something like a puffball (see Lycoperdon, Bovista or Scleroderma species for some possible candidates).

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