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Lycoperdon pyriforme

Common Name: Pear-Shaped Puffball

Synonyms: Morganella pyriformis

Substrate: Downed Logs

Location: Hardwood Forests

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This puffball is one of a very few that grow on wood rather than from the ground. The exterior skin is often a brownish or tan color, but can lighten up as the puffball ages. This puffball has been changed back and forth from the genus Morganella, so you may find it under that name some places. Seems that the most recent DNA reserach puts it in Lycoperdon.

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Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Lycoperdon pyriforme

10/7/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

9/27/11 - Morgan Monroe State Forest

Lycoperdon pyriforme

8/28/12 - Shades State Park - Waveland, IN

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

9/24/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Lycoperdon pyriforme

10/4/11 - Hoosier National Forest

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Fruits will turn white as they age.

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Connected to the substrate with rhizomorphs.

9/28/11 - Paynestown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Lycoperdon pyriforme

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN