Stump Puffball - Lycoperdon pyriforme

Alternative names
Pear-shaped Puffball

The fruiting bodies of this puffball measure 1.5 to 4.5 cm in width by 2 to 4.5 cm in height and are often pear-shaped. Typically they are found on rotting wood. When very young they are covered in small white spines that typically fall off before maturity. A small developing pore may be visible at the top, while the base of the mushroom is relatively small and usually has a number of thread-like 'roots'. Colour ranges from nearly white to yellowish brown with the darker shades developing with age.

Identification difficulty

Found on decaying logs of both deciduous and coniferous wood.

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Life History

The central pore ruptures at late maturity to allow the wind and rain to disperse the spores.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent 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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