Lycoperdon perlatum Lycoperdon pyriforme


        Puffballs produce their spores inside the fruiting body. Spores are released through an opening at the top of the fruiting body or as a result of the upper portion of the fruiting body breaking apart. Most puffballs are no larger than the size of a golf ball, but a few species are considerably larger and have fruiting bodies that can achieve the size of a soccer ball or basketball! True puffballs (since there other fungi that can resemble puffballs) are edible when young. Puffballs are decomposers of litter and humus or (more rarely) wood.

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