Gemmed Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum Persoon    Synonyms: Common Puffball, Gem-studded Puffball.
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Agaricales   >   Family Agaricaceae   >   Genus Lycoperdon   

Status:

Found on the ground in singles or groups.

Description:

Pear- or turban-shaped, may be stalked; white spines break off leaving a smooth exterior in age; usually one central pore (which may be ragged). Young spore mass is white, then olive, when mature brown and powdery. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 172 records in the project database.

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Gemmed Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (7/22/2014). (c) Joanne and Robert Solem, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffballs growing in Howard Co., Maryland (9/15/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Gemmed Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (2/16/2006). Photo shows mature fruiting bodies with developing pores for the escape of spores. Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Gemmed Puffball (young spore mass) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/17/2008). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (6/15/2020). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Gemmed Puffball (maturing spores) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/12/2008). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Determined by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Determined by Jo and Bob Solem. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/9/2020). (c) Cher Muzyk, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Cher Muzyk via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/16/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/5/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

A Gemmed Puffball in Harford Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Verified by Paul Noell. Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Calvert Co., Maryland (10/23/2020). (c) Rin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA). Photo by rinwolfe via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/22/2016). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Gemmed Puffball in Harford Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Verified by Paul Noell. Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/2/2020). No rights reserved. Photo by Michelle Campbell via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (6/15/2020). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (7/12/2020). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/20/2020). (c) Serenella Linares, all rights reserved. Photo by Serenella Linares via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/3/2020). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Gemmed Puffball in Washington Co., Maryland (10/30/2020). (c) Jackie Hoban, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jackie Hoban via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Gemmed Puffball specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (7/22/2014). Round, roughened, light brown; measured 3.6-4.1 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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