Observation 27828: Lycoperdon Pers.

When: 2009-10-17

Collection location: Thoiry, France [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Found under spruce and fir.

These looked a little funny, I think it was some env. effect.

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It’s no L.perlatum.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-11-06 19:07:51 CST (-0500)

Could be L.caudatum or even L.norvegicum but I am not so familiar with the puffballs … but it’s no perlatum or pyriforme here.

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-11-06 16:48:53 CST (-0500)

These look a little off for Lycoperdon perlatum. The large cap warts seem a little too broad and the little cap warts seem less perfectly arranged. They also look small, and they lack the classic pear shape. If this is a distorted Lycoperdon perlatum then environmental factors seem a likely cause. Genetic causes, analogous those that cause developmental diseases in humans, also seem possible.

Then again, this look might be normal, for a different species of puff ball.