Content tagged with "puffball"

Earthstars

Photo of earthstars, ball mushrooms with starlike rays, on forest floor
Geastrum species
An earthstar is a roundish ball in the center of starlike rays. It grows on the ground in open woods. More

Earthstars

Photo of earthstars, ball mushrooms with starlike rays, on forest floor
Missouri has a few different species of earthstars in the genus Geastrum, but they are all quite similar. There are no "lookalikes" in Missouri. You will know when you have found an earthstar, because no other mushroom looks like it. More

Gem-Studded Puffball

Photograph of cluster of mature gem-studded puffball mushrooms
Lycoperdon perlatum
The gem-studded puffball is a white, rounded to turban-shaped ball, densely covered with spiny warts, developing a pore at the top. It grows on the ground in open woods, along roads, in waste areas. More

Gem-Studded Puffball

Photo of gem-studded puffballs, round, white mushrooms with small spiny warts
Considered an excellent edible mushroom, when young and fresh—with caution. Cut open each puffball from top to bottom to make sure of your identification. Gem-studded puffballs are very common and tasty mushrooms. More

Gem-Studded Puffball Texture

Photo of gem-studded puffball mushroom showing spiny warts on surface
The outside of a gem-stuffed puffball is covered not with gems but with spiny, detachable warts that are especially dense at the top. More

Gem-Studded Puffballs (Mature)

Photograph of cluster of mature gem-studded puffball mushrooms
The gem-studded puffball is a white, rounded to turban-shaped ball, densely covered with spiny warts, developing a pore at the top. It grows on the ground in open woods, along roads, in waste areas. When gem-studded puffballs are mature, a pore opening at the top releases spores that look like thick, olive brown dust. More

Giant Puffball

Photo of giant puffball mushroom, with hand for scale.
The giant puffball is a large, white, smooth ball. The interior is completely white when young and becomes yellowish green with age. It grows in open pastures, woods, and lawns. More

Giant Puffball

Photo of a giant puffball, a large, smooth, rounded mushroom, growing in grass
Calvatia gigantea (Langermannia gigantea)
The giant puffball is a huge, white, smooth ball with a completely white interior that becomes yellowish green with age. It grows in open pastures, woods, and lawns. More

Giant Puffball

Photo of a giant puffball, a large, smooth, rounded mushroom, growing in grass
The giant puffball is a huge, white, smooth ball with a completely white interior that becomes yellowish green with age. It grows in open pastures, woods, and lawns. More

Pear-Shaped Puffball

Photo of many crowded pear-shaped puffballs growing on a stump.
Lycoperdon pyriforme (Morganella pyriformis)
This is a pear-shaped, yellowish brownish puffball with a pore at the top. Pear-shaped puffballs typically grow in large clusters on decaying wood, logs, and stumps. More