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Lycoperdon perlatum

Lycoperdon perlatum
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-05
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Canon 400 D, 18-55 Canon EFS, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-08 3:01
Viewed: 3676
Points: 34
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Lycoperdon perlatum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The common puffball, gem-studded puffball or devil's snuff-box (Lycoperdon perlatum) is a moderate sized puffball mushroom with a round fruiting body, tapering to a wide stalk. It is off-white with a top covered in short, spiny bumps or "jewels".
When mature, they become brown and a hole in the top opens to release spores which are released in a burst when the body is compressed by rain drops, a touch, falling nuts,etc.


Three features distinguish this mushroom in its edible stage from the later, mature stage, and from other mushrooms:
• The white, spiny looking exterior with "gems" or "studs" which are soft and detach when manipulated.
• The outer shape is rounded and tapering, often inverted pear-shaped with no openings visible.
• The inner structure is uniform, soft and pure white when the mushroom is immature and edible. Forms with mature spore-bearing tissues are yellow to olive on the interior.
If the inner structure is hard or contains gills or an inner stem, then it is not the gem-studded puffball, and may be poisonous—potentially even deadly.


Gem-studded puffballs are considered to be a choice edible mushroom when young and the gleba is homogeneous and white. They become inedible as they mature: the gleba becomes yellow-tinged, and then finally develops into a mass of powdery olive-green spores.
The immature "buttons" or "eggs" of deadly Amanita species can be confused with puffballs. For this reason puffballs should always be sliced vertically and inspected for the developing structures of a mushroom. However, Amanitas will generally not have 'jewels' or a bumpy surface, for the most part.
Gem-studded puffball spores are ornamented with many sharp, microscopic spines and can cause severe irritation of the lung (lycoperdonosis) when deliberately inhaled (Anon. 1994; Strand 1967).

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-08 3:13]

Hello Jose
Nice macro...with excellent details and natural colors.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-08 3:14]

Hi Jose,another wonderful low point of view to take at the best these litlles mushrooms,the sharpness and the forest atmosphere are always fanatstic! Perfect and interesting work,have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-08 3:41]

Hello Jose,
A super close-up shot showing us the fine detail of these puffballs. They look so real that I feel as though I can actually reach out and touch them. Beautiful natural colors and excellent DOF show these two mushrooms off very well!! I like the low POV. Great job!! TFS.

Nice capture of this mushrooms.
Verry good details and clarity of photo.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-08 3:59]

Hello José,
A superb capture of these two Puffballs taken from a good low POV with fantastic sharpness in the natural habitat which forms a nice OOF contrasting BG.
A fine portrait of this species!
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-08 4:58]

Very good macro of this mushrooms, great details and colors, by us it is very rare in this period!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-08 6:23]

Wonderful fungus!
Great capture, lovely details and colors.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-08 8:10]

Hello Jose
Very interesting closed up.Good POV and perfect light .Razor sharp image ,what amase me the most is the fantastic detail that we can see.
TFS Michel

hello Jose
this is very good
super sharpness and great details
goodlightandbeautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-08 10:13]

Hello Jose.
Lovely shot, the puffballs look great in this light. The sharpness and composition are very nice. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-08 10:22]

Hello Jose,
Very nice photo in beautiful natural colours and excellent sharp details. Good low POV.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-08 13:52]

Very nice capture dear jose,
Amazing light conditions and perfect DOF and POV.
Thanks for posting and see you on TN.
Best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-08 13:56]

Hola Jose,
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,lighting and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Jose, wonderful shot of these beautiful mushrooms with neat details and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Jose,
a superb and interesting capture of the Common Puffball in December, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, excellent POV and close composition
Best regards

Hello Jose
very nice shot, i like the structure of this common puffball,
wonderful sharp details and great natural environment
colors and lighting are well managed
Have a good night

Hello Jose,
Wonderful capture with excellent details and great sharpness.

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