A post for ABC Wednesday/Guest Heart Thursday
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P is for Pear-shaped Puffballs
One of the several species of smaller Puffballs, is the Pear-shaped Puffball. Huge masses of hundreds of these puffballs can cover the length of well rotted hardwood logs. Individual fruiting bodies are 2-5cm tall, shaped like a pear, with the swollen end up. They are smooth with fine, mealy grains. As the spores ripen inside, a small hole develops on the top of the fruiting body. Raindrops that land on the puffball, tap the thin skin and force out a cloud of spores that will drift away in the wind.
Small Puffballs can be eaten safely, but it is important to identify them well. They should be cut open from top to bottom, to be sure there is no eveidence of a developing stem, cap or gills. The button stage of the deadly Destroying Angel mushroom resembles a Puffball.
This shot is for Clytie at Random Hearts! A heart in a puff.
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