Common Puffball - Lycoperdon perlatum


Fruit body 2.5 to 6cm across, 2 to 9cm high, subglobose with a distinct stem, white at first becoming yellowish brown, outer layer of short pyramidal warts especially dense on the head, rubbing off to leave an indistinct mesh-like pattern on the inner wall which opens by a pore. Most Puffballs are edible when young and white inside. 

Identification difficulty

Grows on the ground in woods

When to see it

Usually found from summer to late autumn

UK Status

Common throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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