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Puffballs & the like

Overview

 

 

At maturity, the fruitbodies of the fungi in this group generally contain prodigious quantities of powdery spores. The fruitbodies may be spherical to pear-shaped or somewhat columnar in shape and range from less than a centimetre to over 30 centimetres in extent. Spores are mostly some shade of brown, from pale yellow-brown to dark brown, depending on species.

 

Almost all species produce their fruitbodies on the ground, a few produce them on on wood.

 

In the following hints you see examples of useful identification features and a few of the more commonly seen genera in which at least some species (not necessarily all) show those features.

 

Hints

Spore mass lilac: Calvatia.

Fruitbody over 30 centimetres in diameter: Calvatia.

 

Warning

If you have a flattish fruitbody, with purplish-black powdery spores inside a thin, brittle crust - check the slime mould Fuligo septica (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Species/Sightings/6094).

 

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Astraeus hygrometricus (Barometer Earthstar)

Astraeus hygrometricus
Astraeus hygrometricus
Astraeus hygrometricus
Astraeus hygrometricus
Astraeus hygrometricus
Astraeus hygrometricus

Bovista (A puffball)

Bovista
Bovista
Bovista
Bovista
Bovista
Bovista

Calostoma fuscum (Common Prettymouth)

Calostoma fuscum
Calostoma fuscum
Calostoma fuscum
Calostoma fuscum
Calostoma fuscum
Calostoma fuscum

Calvatia sp. (a puffball )

Calvatia sp.
Calvatia sp.
Calvatia sp.
Calvatia sp.
Calvatia sp.
Calvatia sp.

Geastrum sp. (An earthstar)

Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.
Geastrum sp.

Geastrum tenuipes (An earthstar)

Geastrum tenuipes
Geastrum tenuipes
Geastrum tenuipes
Geastrum tenuipes
Geastrum tenuipes
Geastrum tenuipes

Lycoperdon subincarnatum (Ruddy puffball)

Lycoperdon subincarnatum
Lycoperdon subincarnatum

Pisolithus marmoratus (A puffball)

Pisolithus marmoratus
Pisolithus marmoratus
Pisolithus marmoratus
Pisolithus marmoratus
Pisolithus marmoratus
Pisolithus marmoratus

Pisolithus microcarpus (A puffball)

Pisolithus microcarpus
Pisolithus microcarpus
Pisolithus microcarpus
Pisolithus microcarpus
Pisolithus microcarpus
Pisolithus microcarpus

Scleroderma sp. (Earth balls)

Scleroderma sp.
Scleroderma sp.
Scleroderma sp.
Scleroderma sp.
Scleroderma sp.
Scleroderma sp.

Tulostoma (Stalkball)

Tulostoma
Tulostoma
Tulostoma
Tulostoma
Tulostoma
Tulostoma

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