Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gem-studded Puff-ball

The Gem-studded Puff-ball (Lycoperdon perlatum) grows up to 50 millimeters high and can be found either in clusters or on its own. The mushroom is covered in tiny wards leaving depressions and are normally found in late summer to autumn among fallen leaves of broadleaved trees.


  1. Beautiful ... I've seen similar looking fungi here in Namibia but I can't say that they were the same species ...

    In the North of Nam we get all sorts of Mushrooms briefly sprouting after good rains in February ...

  2. I've picked these gem-studded puffballs in the Pacific Northwest and they are delicious when young and solid. Nice capture Jonker.

  3. what a wonderful picture! It looks majestic!