Pestle Puffball (Lycoperdon excipuliforme) Brimham Rocks, Yorks

Pestle Puffball (Lycoperdon excipuliforme) Brimham Rocks, Yorks

Observation - Pestle Puffball (Lycoperdon excipuliforme) Brimham Rocks, Yorks - UK and Ireland. Description: Stalked puffballs observed growing in grassland at the fringes of deciduous woodland area; fortunate to see various stages in-situ: Young fruiting bodies are approximately 10mm diameter and have pronounced warts which appear prismatic (Photo 7). Young spe

Stalked puffballs observed growing in grassland at the fringes of deciduous woodland area; fortunate to see various stages in-situ: Young fruiting bodies are approximately 10mm diameter and have pronounced warts which appear prismatic (Photo 7). Young specimens, at the base of larger fruiting body appear elongate (Photo 6). The largest fruiting body has a stalk which is approximately 6cm length (see ten pence size reference); covered in “soft delicate warts which are easily rubbed off (Note flakes beneath on Photo 1) and slightly swollen at the base. The upper “globe” retains warts on the underside but shows more of a matt finish on the upper side with a scurfy, pinkish hue. Note area of attachment and how specimen appears to be attached to woody detritus via white hyphae (Photos 3, 5,6). All specimens show a degree of invertebrate damage and slugs on Photos 3-4 have revealed internal un-ripened spores. We have struggled to identify this species and would welcome any support / advice.