Arachnion album
INDIANA MUSHROOMS
The granular puffballs interior has a grainy look and texture. This is because
it is made up of thousands of small spore producing sacks called peridioles.
These spore packets mature within the fruit body and are dispersed when
the outer layer of the puffball (peridium) deteriorates. These collections were
found in a
n urban setting growing in grassy areas on disturbed ground.
Specimens at different levels of maturity. Interior goes from white when
young to yellow, and then gray and black when older.
Small round spores are
produced on extraordinarily
long sterigma.
A single peridiole filled with spores.
The Development of the Fruiting
Body of Arachnion Album
by Caroline A. Lander
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