When: 2008-09-15

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

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Found these in mixed birch/pine woods. A few were scattered near one path; near another branch path and at the edge of the woods I found a lot more, including the cluster shown in the fifth photo.

The first three photos show the first of these puffballs that I found, first undisturbed, then uprooted and put on its side to show stem structure, and then with a piece ripped out to show the white interior. The fourth photo is a different puffball near the first. A tiny second puffball seems to be growing at its base. The fifth photo is a cluster found in a more open area.

In the fifth photo, five large ones and a smaller one tucked among them comprise the cluster, but there are some other tiny ones in the photo, and I saw quite a few more little ones nearby.

The sixth was taken six days later. I found three puffballs, two split open (in the path; someone stepped on them, maybe me) and one that I photographed, in the same general area as the ones in the first four photos.

The seventh and eighth were taken on the 25th. They are of the same specimen, aged and browned, with a hole for the spores to escape through. When I uprooted it I found the stem to be hollow and baggy, the skin thin and flexible but tough.

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