Dusky Puffball - Lycoperdon nigrescens


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

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

UK Map