||North of the Adirondacks
An Unusual Site Planted by a Blooming Looneytic
North Country Mushrooms
St. Lawrence County, NY
Pear Puffball - Lycoperdon pyriforme
renamed - Morganella pyriformis
DNA testing has prompted a new name - Morganella pyriformis
That's a bit sad since the old name in Greek could lead one to interpert it as 'Wolf Fart'
Pear puffballs are one of the few that grow on decaying hardwoods and are often seen in groups on stumps.
They as the name implies are pear shaped and are smaller than a ping pong ball.
Old specimens can last through the winter because their skins are so tough.
Edible: Like most puffballs these are good when fresh. Make sure the flesh is white and has not begun to turn yellow or brownish.