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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 July, 2012

Mosaic Puffball (Lycoperdon utriforme)

The Mosaic Puffball is a species of acidic soils and can be found on short turf and path edges on heathland here in Dorset. The book reckons it is common but my limited experience of fungi tells me it is not seen that often! A summer and autumn species it is a bit difficult to tell apart from another species, Lycoperdon excipuliforme; utriforme being somewhat slimmer than the plumper expulsiforme and so I have based my identification on that. It starts white but soon turns a dull greyish brown.

Supposedly edible when young but how do you decide how old they are?
Find out more about the Mosaic Puffball in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Mosaic%20Puffball?...