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Lycoperdon echinatum

Lycoperdon echinatum
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-17
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms, Puff-balls, FRUIT OF THE WILD, Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-17 15:14
Viewed: 5251
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note


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.
Spores Purple-brown.
Odour/taste: Not distinctive.
Habitat: Mainly found in beech forests in chalk and limestone areas.
Season: July to November.
Occurrence: Uncommon in most areas.
Similar species:
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.

RAP, PDP, Robbrown, marhowie, red45, AndyB, ellis49, Lesley, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-17 15:21]

Hoy acabo de capturar la primera imagen de un pequeo y simple hongo... y al hacerlo, me acord 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.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [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.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-18 4:20]

Superb quality of this picture. Sharpness and textures are excellent! Very good note also.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-18 8:11]

A great shot of this group.
Excellent composition and DoF,very nice textures.
Great work,well done.

Great Felipe.
Very good sharpness with good details and very good composition. Great quality.
Good note too.
Excellent work.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-11-18 18:06]

Wonderful detail here. They almost like like a land version of the sea urchin. Good note too!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [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.

Hi Felipe,
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, László

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