13 September 2008 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Puffball, Fuzz ball
Pestle shaped, decorated with conical warts which fall away with age to reveal a smooth surface decorated with a network, initially white, then brown with age, insides ripening into a powdery spore mass which is released through an apical opening in the thin outer skin, to about 10 cm high
White when young
Summer to autumn
On soil or rotten wood in deciduous woods and with conifers, usually in groups, sometimes tufted
Spores spherical, finely warty (3.5-4.5) µm
Edible when white throughout
Perlatum means 'widespread'
October 2004 Oxfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
October 2004 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.