Observation 81000: Lycoperdon perlatum Pers.
When: 2011-10-29
No herbarium specimen

Notes: found near alder trees

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Need interior shot as well.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-10-29 23:02:26 PDT (-0700)

Devilishly hard to tell L. perlatum from L. foetidum just from the exterior, especially when young. In maturity, L. foetidum will let you know by its odor alone: totally rank. The stench will linger on your hands for days.

BTW, this is a choice edible PROVIDED: the interior is completely white. Even a tinge of green or yellow should make you toss it from your basket. Puffballs are one of the “foolproof four” though, including chanterelles, morels, and either Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Mane) or Laetiporus sulphureus (Sulphur shelf or Chicken of the Woods), depending on who is cited.

Puffballs are very anti-cancerous when very young, especially Calvatia gigantea.

Chanterelles should make you sick, but don’t. They are always associated with Pseudomonas pudidum, a bacteria you DO NOT want in your body.

Coprinus comatus, Shaggy Mane or Inky Cap, is a choice edible, but must be cooked and eaten the same day. Also known to have potent anti-tumorous cancer fighter. If it was easier to cultivate it should have ready market. Wonder as mushroom gravy over potatoes!

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