Observation 24915: Lycoperdon Pers.

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34% (3)
Recognized by sight: This specimen is curious to me. It has the sterile base and internal locules of Pisolithus, but is nearly perfectly spherical. Most if not all Pisolithus tinctorius, the only species I have found on the West coast, is oddly-shaped or distorted.
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: The first photo is likely to be a Lycoperdon.

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Agree, Walt.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-03 11:51:14 PDT (-0700)

Emily, can you destroy this observation and make it into two different observations? Top photo appears to be a Lycoperdon or other puffball, probably mature based on the color of the spines on the peridium; the second is definately in the Pisolithus group, but has features I have not seen in P. arrhizus (formerly P. tinctorius). Please collect more of this very globose variety if you can. A voucher collection would be an excellent idea.

Two different species
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-09-02 16:36:30 PDT (-0700)

Lycoperdon and Pisolithus

The first looks like Lycoperdon
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-09-02 13:03:08 PDT (-0700)

About the second, that was interesting. I have always thought there was just one species of Pisolithus (arrhizus = tinctorius)?

I’d agree with you, Irene.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-02 12:45:03 PDT (-0700)

The upper photo looks like a puffball with tiny warts on the peridium. The bottom is a sliced specimen of Pisolithus.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-09-02 11:34:58 PDT (-0700)

the two pictures do not belong together, do they?

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-02 11:20:51 PDT (-0700)

not locules. Sorry. I keep mixing those two up. The only Pisolithus mentioned in Smith, Smith and Weber’s How to Know the Non-Gilled Mushrooms is P. tinctorius, which has now been re-assigned to P. arenius, I believe. So maybe this is P. tinctorius.

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