Observation 21090: Lycoperdon purpurascens Berk. & M.A. Curtis

these puff-Balls were growing on a log that had been submerged in the last lot of heavy rain.There were a couple of notable items of interest. There does not seem to be a specific point of rupture when the puffball matures. Some have ruptured at the outer edges and others somewhere in the top area. The surface of the top area was surprisingly rough to touch, and can be seen on the images with the pimple effect. I rolled one specimen over to show the underside. (4361)
They did have a stem, although rather short, and when I pressed the ones that had already opened, they discharged a mustard coloured dust.


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Recognized by sight: fresher basidiomata-found them in Leura too

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Morganella purpurascens

Thanks Gerhard.kk

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-05-17 11:52:35 BST (+0100)

Yes, Bovista species are not normally found on wood as you say, it could be something completely different!


Inski, (Michael, Thanks for the image. From what I can see and have read, all the puff-Balls exist on a substrate of soil or leaf litter etc. What was different about these was that they were growing on “timber.” (old dead moist log) ??? Are they like Mycena & hygrophoraceae? ie usually only found on wood or not on wood etc.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-05-17 11:01:22 BST (+0100)

I’m not sure about the mushroom you mention, I did find this image!


Thanks again for the ID. Can you tell me if there is a recorded image from Australia. There is no reference in Bruce Fuhrer’s books, but I do have a description in " The encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain & Europe".. The one that seems to fit the bill is … “Lycoperdon lividum” Any thoughts on this please Michael? Chow, kk

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