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This group looks nothing like what is known as a mushroom, no cap, gills or stem just a round shaped 'Spore Case'. The spores inside the ball are called the 'Spore Mass'. This starts off being white and relatively firm then as the mushroom dries it turns into a dusty mass. At maturity, the ball ruptures or develops an opening at the top through which the spore mass it exposed to the elements of nature and spore dispersal occurs.


Lycoperdum Compactum

Found on the Manawatu Gorge Track in Palmerston North. End of July, 2000.
Grows on dead wood.

This puffball is covered with black scales when young, but these are lost as it matures and takes the appearance shown in the photos.

The spore mass is gray in colour. When touched or disturbed a cloud of spores shoots out of the aperture seen on the top. Rain drops have the same effect.

Edibility: Edible when young, while it is still firm and before the spore mass turns gray. 











Unknown Puffball

Found at Te Mata Trust Park on September 3rd, 2000. Numerous mushrooms growing in a single burn site.

These mushrooms are minute in size about 5mm in diameter or less. Some were single but most were joined in groups of 2-3 mushrooms fused together. Each clump was no more than 1cm in diameter. Surrounding each ball is a cottony growth of mycelium but not on the tops just the sides downwards.

The top surface is covered in tiny brown hairs.
The spore opening at the apex is tiny and barely visible by the naked eye.

Edibility: Unknown















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Last Update

 17 Feb 2007


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