| Lycoperdon echinatum
|These examples are 2.5-3cm across. At this stage of development
(immature; not producing spores) the spines are firm but soft to the touch
and do not fall off when handled. Color is well depicted in the images.
Shades State Park. August.
|A very young and an older, mature specimen. As this puffball
develops, the spines fall off individually, revealing the coppery
colored outer skin. Spores are released, often by rain drops,
through a pore on top.