Observation 9912: Lycoperdon echinatum Pers.

When: 2008-08-12

Collection location: Babcock State Park, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

This little puffball was about half an inch in diameter.


Proposed Names

57% (1)
Recognized by sight
-25% (2)
Recognized by sight: I find a lot of those in Babcock State park. Some time when they are immature they resemble puff balls
-22% (2)
Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features: that’s what you need for further ID.

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If you dug it up, you know best.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-30 22:43:20 CDT (-0400)

Try Lycoperdon peckii, which also has clusters of dark hairs.

funny that it also had the red staining of a strobilomyces, but that’s what makes IDing fun, and keeps us IDers humble.

it’s a puffball
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-08-30 13:03:55 CDT (-0400)

A tiny puffball, about the size of a fingernail. I noticed it while setting up a shot for bolete. The inside was white and did not change color upon bruising. I can see how somebody might look at the photo and think Strobilomyces, but this one is in fact a spiny puffball. It’s probably not Lycoperdon echinatum though, which is larger and white.

even tho it looks like one of the cute, furry SE puffballs ( like peckii)…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-29 00:34:07 CDT (-0400)

..it seems to have both the dark hair and erect peaks of strobilimyces, plus the red-orange staining. If you didn’t dig it up to see for sure that it was puffball shaped, then it prob. is a stobilomyces (but more like confusus with those hairs).

regardless, you can’t tell ’em apart except for under the microscope.

I vote Strobilomyces sp.

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