Observation 9912: Lycoperdon echinatum Pers.
When: 2008-08-12
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This little puffball was about half an inch in diameter.

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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight
-25% (2)
Recognized by sight: I find a lot of those in Babcock State park. Some time when they are immature they resemble puff balls
-23% (2)
Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features: that’s what you need for further ID.

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If you dug it up, you know best.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-31 11:43:20 JST (+0900)

Try Lycoperdon peckii, which also has clusters of dark hairs.

funny that it also had the red staining of a strobilomyces, but that’s what makes IDing fun, and keeps us IDers humble.

it’s a puffball
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-08-31 02:03:55 JST (+0900)

A tiny puffball, about the size of a fingernail. I noticed it while setting up a shot for bolete. The inside was white and did not change color upon bruising. I can see how somebody might look at the photo and think Strobilomyces, but this one is in fact a spiny puffball. It’s probably not Lycoperdon echinatum though, which is larger and white.

even tho it looks like one of the cute, furry SE puffballs ( like peckii)…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-29 13:34:07 JST (+0900)

..it seems to have both the dark hair and erect peaks of strobilimyces, plus the red-orange staining. If you didn’t dig it up to see for sure that it was puffball shaped, then it prob. is a stobilomyces (but more like confusus with those hairs).

regardless, you can’t tell ’em apart except for under the microscope.

I vote Strobilomyces sp.

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