Lycoperdon nigrescens

Lycoperdon nigrescens

Dusky Puffball Also known as Lycoperdon foetidum(interesting as Lycoperdon is Latin for Wolf’s fart, so this name would suggest a rather unpleasant edible mushroom). Fruiting Body Color: Starts of dusky, blackening with age. Fruiting Body Morphology: Pear-shaped and covered with spines that fall off with age. Spore Mass: White when young, then yellowing, and maturing Read More

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Pear-shaped Puffball Also known as Morganella pyriformis and stump puffball. Fruiting Body Color: White aging to brown. Fruiting Body Shape: Pear or club-shaped. Fruiting Body Texture: Smooth or sparse tiny spines. Fruiting Body Size: To 2″(5cm). Spore Mass: White and firm maturing to brown and powdery. Season: July to November. Habitat: Decaying wood. Range: Widespread. Read More

Lycoperdon perlatum

Lycoperdon perlatum

Gem-studded Puffball Also known as common puffball, warted puffball, or the devil’s snuff-box. Fruiting Body Color: White, eventually browning. Fruiting Body Shape: Round to pear-shaped. Fruiting Body Texture: Covered with white, gray, or brown spines which fall off as it matures. Spore Mass: White when young, maturing to brown powder. Season: July to October. Habitat: Read More

Vascellum pratense

Vascellum pratense

Meadow Puffball Also known as Lycoperdon pratense, Vascellum depressum, Lycoperdon hiemale, field puffball, and western lawn puffball. Fruiting Body Color: White to brown. Fruiting Body Shape: Round to mishapened or turban-like. Fruiting Body Morphology: This species develops a large hole at the top for spore release, that eventually widens to bowl-shaped. Fruiting Body Size: to Read More

Geastrum saccatum

Geastrum saccatum

Rounded Earthstar Fruiting Body Color: Golden-tan to yellowish-brown. Fruiting Body Size: To 4″(10cm) Rays: 4-8, that do not lift the spore sac off the ground. Spore Sac: Gray to brown, with apical ring around hole. Spores: Brown. Season: July to October. Habitat: Rotting wood. Range: Worldwide. Edibility: Inedible. Possibly the most common earthstar worldwide, and Read More

Calvatia booniana

Calvatia booniana

Western Giant Puffball Fruiting Body Color: White or tan. Fruiting Body Texture: Surface covered with with plaques or large pointed warts. Fruiting Body Size: At least 8″ to 28″(70cm) across. Season: July to August. Habitat: Ground. Range: West of the Rocky Mountains. Edibility: Edible and Choice, though it may have a laxative effect on some. Read More