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?...