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Fungi 2

Observed: 7th September 2011 By: GentalisGentalis’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Fungi 2

Found near the edge of a old conifer plantation, one was slit open near by, it had, white like wool inside.


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flaxton's picture

I am not sure that the spines

I am not sure that the spines on this are long enought for it to be L echinatum I think one of the other spiney species. If you look at you will see what I mean. Possibly L nigrescens?

Martincito's picture

I'm not sure either, having

I'm not sure either, having seen the photos of puffballs with really long spines, but... I've read that the spines of the L. echinatum are in groups of 3 or 4 - which I think is the case here; and that the spines go all the way down the stem whereas the stem of L. nigrescens is less spiny than the body. It would be useful to know the diameter of the bodies and the length of the longest spines.

Fenwickfield's picture

do see

I do see they look similar,I zoomed in and there are four spines in a group which are convergent at the tips.I went by the scale of the needles so size would be right.I don't disagree that it may be L.nigrescens as I am not that knowledgeable on this subject plus as Martincito said we need measurements.


Gentalis's picture

Spiny Puffball

The body was 3-4cm, spines 1-2mm. thanks for your Help.

Martincito's picture

We really need an expert to

We really need an expert to help with this! I saw the following on the Kew Gardens web site:

"... L. nigrescens, a fairly common but darker puffball, in which the spines are arranged in small groups with connivent (converging and touching but not fused) tips, and in L. echinatum. The latter has much longer spines, hence its popular name, the ‘hedgehog puffball’. It is comparatively rare and found only on calcareous soil in beech woodland." The rarity aspect and the soil type may help narrow it down.