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Photo of earthstars, ball mushrooms with starlike rays, on forest floor

Earthstars

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.

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Photo of earthstars, ball mushrooms with starlike rays, on forest floor

Earthstars

Geastrum species
An earthstar is a roundish ball in the center of starlike rays. It grows on the ground in open woods.

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Photo of gem-studded puffballs, round, white mushrooms with small spiny warts

Gem-Studded Puffball

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.

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Photograph of cluster of mature gem-studded puffball mushrooms

Gem-Studded Puffball

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.

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Photo of gem-studded puffball mushroom showing spiny warts on surface

Gem-Studded Puffball Texture

The outside of a gem-stuffed puffball is covered not with gems but with spiny, detachable warts that are especially dense at the top.

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Photograph of cluster of mature gem-studded puffball mushrooms

Gem-Studded Puffballs (Mature)

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.

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Photo of a giant puffball, a large, smooth, rounded mushroom, growing in grass

Giant Puffball

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.

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Photo of giant puffball mushroom, with hand for scale.

Giant Puffball

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.

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Photo of a giant puffball, a large, smooth, rounded mushroom, growing in grass

Giant Puffball

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.

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Photo of cluster of several pear-shaped puffballs, older specimens.

Pear-Shaped Puffball

Pear-shaped puffballs are very common. These are older specimens. They usually grow in big clusters on some kind of decaying wood.

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