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Common Puffball (Lycoperdon periatum)


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This fungus produces spores in the upper part of its fruit body and relies on rain to disperse them. When a rain drop falls on the fungus, the spores puff out through an opening in the top. It has a white/cream colour and the young fungus is covered with tiny whitish spines which fall off with age leaving behind a net pattern of scars. It is abundant in conifer or broadleaf woods and fruits summer to late autumn. Picture taken October 2006 at Maulden woods, Bedfordshire.

26th Oct 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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