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Lycoperdon echinatum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lycoperdon echinatum (NL: Stekelige stuifzwam / EN: Spiny puffball / DE: Igelstäubling / FR: Vesse-de-loup hérisson, Lycoperdon épineux) is a type of puffball mushroom in the genus Lycoperdon. It can be found either solitary or in small groups. It typically grows on the ground in deciduous forests and grassy areas, glades and pastures, on moss, humus, or woody debris. The fungus has been noted to have a preference for beech woods. The fruit bodies of L. echinatum are subglobose tapering into a short stem, 2 – 4 cm wide by 2 – 3.5 cm tall, and densely covered with spines that are up to 0.6 cm long, often joined at the tips in groups of three or four.. The spines can fall off in maturity, leaving a net-like pattern of scars on the underlying surface. Initially white in color, the puffballs turn a dark brown as they mature, at the same time changing from nearly round to somewhat flattened.

Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 24/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Amir Goharshahi ( Ma$ter Pics ) from Mashhad, Iran

very nice macro shot

3 Dec 2011 8:48am

@Amir Goharshahi ( Ma$ter Pics ): Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Amir.

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

This reminds me of the seed pods from liquid amber trees. Very nice shot.

3 Dec 2011 3:07pm

@Jaytee: They indeed look like some seeds of various plants. It is only when you look realy close that you can see te difference. Have a nice day, Jaytee !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Bevor ich den Text gelesen hatte, dacht ich im ersten Moment - ein Igel ! Da weiß ich auch, warum er Igelstäubling heißt ! Schön !

3 Dec 2011 8:27pm

@Loner: What's in a name .... :-))) Thanks for your comment again. Greetz !

sietske from roermond, Netherlands

de stuifzwam die weet ik maar deze heb ik nog nooit gezien!!
Mooie foto, groetjes Sietske

3 Dec 2011 10:00pm

@sietske: Er zijn heel wat verschillende soorten stuifzwammen in onze omgeving hier. "De" Stuifzwam bestaat dus niet echt als dusdanig - maar deze is toch wel een behoorlijk zeldzame en wat raar uitziende soort. Zo zie je maar dat de natuur telkens weer een verrassing in petto heeft .... Fijne dag nog !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

3 Dec 2011 10:14pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack !

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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