Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Stumped by a puffball.
Puffballs are fungi that spread their spores by puffing them into the air. When something touches the outer casing a cloud of minute spores squirts out like a puff of smoke. This happened when we just gently touched these Stump Puffballs (Lycoperdon pyriforme). They grow on rotten stumps and logs.
They are club-shaped with a little hole on the top for the puff of spores to come out. Simon found them near post 17.