Name: Lycoperdon perlatum Pers.
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Copyright © 2009 Dan Molter (shroomydan)
Copyright © 2012 Dave W (Dave W)
Copyright © 2008 Ryane Snow (snowmam)
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First person to use this name on MO: Nathan Wilson
Editors: Alan Rockefeller, Erlon Bailey


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Fungi

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Agaricaceae

Genus: Lycoperdon

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Lycoperdon perlatum is roughly the shape of an inverted pear. The stem is fairly large and the top is rounded. 2.5-7 cm wide and 3-7.5 cm high. Small whitish warts cover the fruiting body when young, fall off with age and leave scars. A large perforation is found in the center of the puffball that facilitates spore dispersal via rain or wind. White and fleshy when young but changing eventually to an olive color with brown spore dust. Spores 3.5-4.5 um round, minutely spiny. Capillitial threads olive in KOH (3-7um wide).

Interestingly the genus name Lycoperdon translates as “Wolf fart.”

See Tom Volk’s page on puffballs

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