Dusky Puffball - Lycoperdon nigrescens

    Description

    When mature, Lycoperdon nigrescens is normally brown to dark brown and has a strong smell. It differs from other puffballs in having tiny spikes on the surface which are tipped with fine hooks. The spines may eventually fall off leaving a net-like pattern on the surface.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grows on the ground in various habitats such as acidic woodland, heath, sand dunes and moorland.

    When to see it

    Summer and Autumn

    Life History

    Grows either singly or in groups

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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