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Common Puffball Mushroom. (Lycoperdon Perlatum)

A common mushroom which can be found in different habitats, easily recognisable from the small pyramidal spines covering the mushroom.  I found these in small groups in the middle of Clay hill woods in the New Forest, Hampshire.

A brown cloud of spores are released when this mushroom is trodden under foot, maybe that is why the genus was named  "Lycoperdon" which means wolf-fart puffball. Not that I am going to smell it to find out. Only edible from young specimens.

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