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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