Mosaic Puffball - Handkea utriformis

    Description

    The species derives its common name 'Mosaic Puffball' from the mosaic pattern across the top and sides that develops as the fruiting body matures and the outer wall breaks up into polygonal patches. Young specimens are usually 6 to 12 cm across.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassland

    When to see it

    Autumn

    UK Status

    Widespread throughout Britain though seldom common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional 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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