Lycoperdon umbrinum, Tofino

Who doesn’t like puffballs? I mean what a way to disperse your spores, out of the top of your head, err fruiting body.

These cool umber-brown puffballs were the first mushrooms we saw this year in the forests of Tofino, BC Canada. Out foraging with friends and kids. The kids had their small buckets full of all sorts of fungi from the forest. Spores prints and identification followed.

Umber-brown puffballs, Lycoperdon umbrinum. Tofino, BC

Umber-brown puffballs, Lycoperdon umbrinum. Tofino, BC

Umber-brown puffballs, Lycoperdon umbrinum. Tofino, BC

 

Umber-brown Puffball  (Lycoperdon umbrinum)

Lycoperdon umbrinum, commonly known as the umber-brown puffball, is a type of Puffball mushroom in the genus Lycoperdon. It is found in North America China and Europe. This species has a fruit body that is shaped like a top or a pear, with a short, partly buried stipe. It is 2 to 5 cm (0.8 to 2.0 in) tall and 1 to 4 cm (0.4 to 1.6 in) broad. The fruit body is initially pale brown then reddish to blackish brown, and the outer wall has slender, persistent spines up to 1 mm long. Spores are roughly spherical, 3.5–5.5 µm in diameter, with fine warts and a pedicel that is 0.5–15 µm long. It is uncommon and found mostly in coniferous woods on sandy soils.

More information: Lycoperdon umbrinum: Wikipedia