Small collection of puffballs found in a small patch of deciduous woodland.
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Thank you for your suggested identification. There is certainly a lot of dead wood in the area where I found them. I can check the location. If there is wood under them does this confirm the id or are there other characteristics I need to check?
I am fairly confident you will find wood. The alternative is to check whether the spores are smooth or warty ;)
Excuse my ignorance but can you explain the smooth or warty spores statement. I thought the spores were what the fungus released and this is "dust"; I would need a microscope to examine it.
Are you referring to the inside of the spore sac? If so, I have one of the puffballs so can open it up and look inside. I would be grateful if you could clarify this before I rip into it.
No you are right that the spores are the dust but it is only by looking at this dust under a microscope at 1000 times magnification and seeing its size (3.5-4.5 um for perlatum or 3-4 um for pyriforme) and texture of the surface (warted for perlatum and smooth for pyriforme) that you could be certain.
I do not have access to a microscope although I have lots of spores! I will check out the location when next in the area. Thank you for your help.
Lat/Lng: 52.706729, -2.537824
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