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280 days of Urbpandemonium #197

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Four years ago I had some large puffballs appear in my yard. At the time I narrowed them down to two possible species.

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If all I cared about was whether I could eat them or not, it wouldn't have mattered. Both possibilities are edible if harvested when the flesh inside is still white. As a matter of fact I did eat some of it. I'm not much of a mushroom cook, I have to admit, and didn't care much for this mushroom.

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I left one of the mushrooms that popped up 4 years ago to go through its normal development. The inside turned into a purplish brown powdery mass of spores. After the spores blew away, a cup-like structure was left on the yard. That confirmed my mushrooms as purple-spored puffballs Calvatia cyathiformis*, a species known to occur almost exclusively in grassy yards, presumably feeding on soil nutrients and occasionally forming fairy rings. I am happy to have this creature living in my yard, although our foster puppy uprooted this one.

*Bald, cup-shaped

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froganon
Oct. 29th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)

Puffballs are rather pretty things. My favorites are the pear-shaped ones although little and not ones I would venture to eat. I haven't seen the gem studded ones which I think might also be pretty.

That one is pretty cool too.
kryptyd
Oct. 29th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
I've seen lots of those lately. And inkcaps are coming out at the moment here too. Inkaps remind me of me childhood for some reason.
darkest_diary
Oct. 29th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
The puffs taste like wild grass to me, or how I imagine wild grass to taste. Maybe with the right foods they'd be ok.
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