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Ball Fungi

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Group: 
Fungi

Ball fungi will be familiar to most of us as we tended to stamp on them when we were younger just to see the smoke emerge in clouds! There are several species of ball fungi, not all of them puffballs.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Common Earth Ball

Scleroderma citrinum
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A very common autumn fungus found on the Dorset heath resembling a puff ball but very different on closer inspection.


 

Stump Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme
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A common autumn species found on dead tree stumps and also growing from buried wood


 

Common Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum
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Found in summer and autumn, often in large groups, this species likes woodland where there are plenty of rotting branches and twigs. 


 

Giant Puffball

Calvatia gigantea
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A very large species of fungi in grassy habitats especially near stinging nettles which are an indicator of phosphate rich soil.


 

Pestle Puffball

Lycoperdon excipuliforme
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An occasional species of rich, acidic soils and can be found on short turf and woodland path edges on heathland.


 

Grey Puffball

Bovista plumbea
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A widespread and common fungus occurring on grassland and can be found on coastal downland, in pasture, even on golf courses, in summer and autumn.