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Copyright: JEANJACQUES NOE (pitufo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 33 W: 0 N: 18] (361)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-13
Categories: Fungi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-31 3:56
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Lycoperdon perlatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi

Division: Basidiomycota

Class: Homobasidiomycetes

Order: Lycoperdales

Family: Lycoperdaceae

Genus: Lycoperdon

Species: L. perlatum

Lycoperdon perlatum
mycological characteristics: i
smooth hymenium
no distinct cap

hymenium attachment is not applicable

lacks a stipe

spore print is olive

ecology is mycorrhizal

The gem-studded puffball or devil's snuff-box (Lycoperdon perlatum) is a moderate sized puffball mushroom with a round fruiting body, tapering to a wide stalk. It is off-white with a top covered in short, spiny bumps or "jewels".

When mature, they become brown and a hole in the top opens to release spores which are released in a burst when the body is compressed by rain drops, a touch, falling nuts, etc.

[edit] Edibility
These puffballs are a choice edible when young, but become inedible as they mature.

[edit] Identification
Three features distinguish this mushroom in its edible stage from the later, mature stage, and from other mushrooms:

The white, spiny looking exterior with "gems" or "studs" which are soft and detach when manipulated.
The outer shape is rounded and tapering, often pear-shaped with no openings visible.
The inner structure is uniform, soft and pure white when the mushroom is immature and edible. Forms with mature spore bearing tissues are are yellow to olive on the interior.
If the inner strucutre is hard or contains gills or an inner stem, then it is not the gem-studded puffball, and may be poisonous—potentially even deadly. Caution and a good field guide are advised when experimenting with any wild mushrooms.

[edit] External links
Wildman's gem-studded puffball page.
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Lycoperdon perlatum
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Categories: Basidiomycetes | Edible mushrooms
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Hi Jeanjacques, lovely composition, nice colors, very well done, UN GRANDE 2007 PER TE Ciao Silvio

This are really small and young fruiting bodies, the moss look very big compared to the fungi :)
Nice composition and colours. A strange pixelation effect can be seen, more obvious in the BG.
Thanks for sharing and happy 2007.

Petite rajoute gemmatum est aussi plus connue sous le nom de perlatum.
joli la petite vesse-de-loup, j'ai la même en individuel, se sera ma prochaine photo.

Hi JeanJacques A very interesting write up and nice shot. Technically looks good sharp detail well composed Happy New yr TFS rgds Necip

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-01 14:17]

fascinating find and so well shot...like puppies in a box newly born
sharp and well defined against the green foilage

Hi Jean-Jacques,
This is not Lycoperdon perlatum as you identified, but Lycoperdon pyriforme Schaeff., easily distuingishable from the size (smaller than perlatum), shape and fasciculate fruiting. Probably you cropped the pic very heavily, that's why it's so noisy.
Regards, László

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