Observation 99938: Lycoperdon rimulatum Peck
When: 2012-06-23
No herbarium specimen

Notes: These were found in the Big Sandy Creek Unit.
Specimens were up to about 3 cm wide and 2.2 cm high.
As the photo shows, the spores are purplish.
The spores were ~ 5-6 microns, and apparently with some high spines and varying lengths of a hyaline pedicel.
They don’t seem to be Calvatia cyathiformis, which is the only purple spored mushroom that I can see in my references?
Edit 7/17/12; Lycoperdon atropurpureum does seem to fit fairly well. However, it appears to be a European species without much recognition in NA.
Edit 7/19/12;
Fred Stevens suggested Lycoperdon rimulatum as a possibility. After reading the Coker and Couch description as well as the paper by Bates, Roberson and Desjardin (Arizona gasteroid fungi I: Lycoperdaceae), it does look very reasonable. It has been reported in the Gulf Coast and Texas according to the references.

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