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
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