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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