Observation 64647: Bovista pila Berk. & M.A. Curtis
When: 2011-03-23
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Notes:
I almost passed this over thinking it was an insect gall. It was lying on top of the leaf litter under hard woods on the edge of a pine plantation. Two other specimens were located nearby.

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tumbling puffball
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-24 09:45:35 HST (-1000)

Bovista pila looks like a good match.

FAMILY

Agaricales Family Description
DESCRIPTION

Round, becoming detached and rolling about; with white outer skin flaking off to reveal smooth, shiny, bronze spore sac. Mushroom: 1 1/4-3 1/2" (3-9 cm) wide; round or nearly so; attached to ground by single small cord, which breaks at maturity; outer skin pure white, becoming dark pinkish and flaking off in patches; inner skin smooth, shiny, bronze, with cracks or pore opening at top. Spore mass white, then brown. Spores: 3.5-4.3 u; round, smooth, with short, colorless stalk; deep brown.
SEASON

June-October; overwinters.
LOOK-ALIKES

B. plumbea is smaller, bluish-gray with age, and attached to ground by clump of fibrous strands.
HABITAT

Single to scattered or many, in pastures, around stables, and in open woods.
RANGE

Widely distributed in North America.
DISCUSSION

A common mushroom of grassy areas and pastures, this species grows nearly year-round; hardy ones overwinter and tumble about, unattached to the ground.

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substrate attachment
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-03-24 09:22:46 HST (-1000)

could be difficult to determine if these did in fact endure a full winter, but it would be diagnostic for B. pila if even a trace of a basal mycelial cord could be confirmed or denied.

brown spore mass
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-24 08:46:38 HST (-1000)

I would hesitate to call it purple brown; it’s more a straight brown-brown. They do appear to be the same as those in damonbrunette’s link.

I don’t see any purple
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-03-24 08:46:33 HST (-1000)

it’s also the wrong shape and seems to be lacking a sterile base. I would be more inclined to call this a Bovista

I’m looking
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-03-24 06:56:32 HST (-1000)

At this on an iPhone. I thought it was brown purple here. What do u think it might be?

doesn’t
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-03-24 03:14:12 HST (-1000)

Calvatia cyathiformis have a purplish-brown spore mass?

Mxyo correct
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-03-24 03:03:56 HST (-1000)
yes probably over-wintered
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-23 18:16:37 HST (-1000)

But the cool thing is that they are still very young in so far as spore dispersal is concerned.

perhaps
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-03-23 18:13:26 HST (-1000)

the petrified, overwintered carcasses from puffballs of yesteryear?

Tough puffball
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-23 17:21:33 HST (-1000)

These puff balls were very light and not readily compressed. I had to squeeze hard on it to make it release spores. I really did think this was an insect gall when I first saw it. Turns out to be the most intriguing find of the day.

A tumble weed puffball in March is new to me. If this is interesting to somebody else, I can send the specimen.

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