Puffball for ID

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Puffball for ID

Post by adampembs » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:42 am

With a long stem. The spores on the specimen I brought home were mostly broken, perhaps too old.
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Re: Puffball for ID

Post by Chris Yeates » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:34 am

Hi Adam
it's an earthball rather than a puffball. The ornamentation looks rather like that of Scleroderma areolatum, but with that long stem it's more likely to be S. verrucosum. Spore characters are very useful in this genus - although you suspect they are old (a bit unlikely I would have thought) can you see whether the pattern on them consists of isolated spines or of a raised network (complete or not)?
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Re: Puffball for ID

Post by adampembs » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:57 am

Ok ,thanks Chris. I'll collect a fresher one next time I go - the one in the photo is fresher than the specimen I took. 90% of the spores were broken.
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