Brown Puffball - Bovista nigrescens


    The fruiting body is 3 to 6 cm across and is attached to the substrate by a single mycelial cord which often breaks, leaving the fruit body free to roll about in the wind. The outer wall is white at first, but soon flakes off in large scales at maturity to expose the dark purple-brown to blackish inner wall that encloses the spore mass.

    Similar Species

    It is similar to the Grey Puffball, Bovista plumbea, but is larger and has a brown spore sac when mature, not grey like B. plumbea.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in grass and pastureland especially on acid soils.

    When to see it

    Fruiting in late summer to autumn, they persist in old dried condition for many months.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain, especially in southern counties.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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