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Pestle puffball Handkea excipuliformis? in woodland

Observed: 27th March 2013 By: vburton
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyBritish Mycological SocietyS159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Pestle shaped puff-ball growing on and around stumps in mixed woodland.


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I considered Lycoperdon

I considered Lycoperdon pyriforme but have always thought that species to be more clumping in habit and it also appeared to be growing on the ground as well as the stump, although it could have been a buried one.

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I am still not convinced that

I am still not convinced that this is right but I came across a specimen today which looked to be growing from a stump and is a carbon copy of your second photo and with spiny spores is definitely not L pyriforme.