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A vertically-flattened globe-shaped fruit body on a short, infertile stem; initially white, soon becoming reddish brown. The soft spines are in sets of three or four that converge at the tips.
(Although as you can see the lenght of the stem in my shot is not short at all)
At maturity the spines fall off leaving a net-like pattern on the browning skin, which eventually ruptures at the apex to release the spores.
Dimensions : Typically 2.5 to 5cm across; 3 to 7cm tall; spines typically 4 to 5 mm long.
Other features: Unlike many of the other puffballs, this is an inedible fungus.
Odour/taste: Not distinctive.
Habitat: Mainly found in beech forests in chalk and limestone areas.
Season: July to November.
Occurrence: Uncommon in most areas.
Lycoperdon perlatum is paler and covered in warts rather than spines.
Lycoperdon mammiforme is white at first and then its surface breaks up into large cream scales rather than spines.
The GASTEROMYCETES is a gruop of fungi I specially like, because as someone has already said in my stinkhorn, they seem from an alien film. The links included are my previous posts about Gasteromycetes.
The Gasteromycetes or 'stomach' fungi is called this way because the fertile material develops inside spherical or pear-shaped fruit bodies. At maturity the fruit bodies split open to release their powdery spores.
Earthballs are inedible, Earthstars too. And by the time stinkhorns make their presence known (anyone with a nose can locate a common stinkhorn from 100 metres downwind) they are most definitely not fit for human consumption (although flies seem to enjoy them).
Puffballs are edible when young and white throughout, before the brown spores begin to develop.
There are several stinkhorn species but most are quite rare except for the Common Stinkhorn , Phallus impudicus, and the Dog stinkhorn, Mutinus caninus. Both occur in woodland.
There are more than 100 European species identified within the Gasteromycetes.
Hope you like!
F8 - 1/15 - Manual - Minitripod.
PP: Crop, Levels, Slight lower saturation, USM, frame, resize.
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- [2004-11-17 15:21]
Hoy acabo de capturar la primera imagen de un pequeño y simple hongo... y al hacerlo, me acordé de ti :-)
Otra hermosa entrega con otra especie llamativa.
Excelente composicion de esta agrupacion con nitidez y colores bien naturales.
Buen encuadre y excelente post... gracias.
- [2004-11-17 16:55]
Hi Felipe, excellent capture of those textures. Very nice composition, great work.
Nice one Filipe a well seen group, with comprehensively detailed and linked notes.
Another superb shot Felipe! You have displayed this fungi in exquisite form. You put alot of work into this & it shows! Great, great job!!
Fascinating texture to these, I've never seen them before.
- [2004-11-18 4:20]
Superb quality of this picture. Sharpness and textures are excellent! Very good note also.
- [2004-11-18 8:11]
A great shot of this group.
Excellent composition and DoF,very nice textures.
Great work,well done.
Very good sharpness with good details and very good composition. Great quality.
Good note too.
- [2004-11-18 18:06]
Wonderful detail here. They almost like like a land version of the sea urchin. Good note too!
- [2004-11-19 22:52]
This is a beautiful capture. Technically perfect. The exposure, and coposition is superp and I love the textures.
Thanks for posting
Saw this one earlier, I find the details of the mushroom very nice. All the colors in the photo combine alse very good. The grass adds some life and light to the composition.
Even posted 15 years ago - but what a beauty! And, as far as I concern, still the only image on TN about this species. So I'm posting one soon! :-) Lovely shot!
Kind regards from Ireland, LÃ¡szlÃ³