Saturday, May 21, 2022

Not a puffball

It looked, at first glance, like a puffball, a small, round white golf-ball in the moss.

Look again.

Amanita sp.

It's one of the poisonous Amanita species, still just a button. Distinguishing marks: our local puffballs are smooth or covered with tiny spikes or knobs. This one wears irregularly-shaped patches.

Give it a few days, and it will take on the "umbrella" mushroom shape. A puffball stays round and will turn brown and develop a hole for the release of its brown cloud of spores.


Parecía uno de los hongos muy comestibles, los hongos polveras. Una bola blanca y redonda, del tamaño de una pelota de golf, descansando sobre el musgo.

Hay que mirarlo más de cerca.

Es uno de los hongos tóxico del género Amanita, todavía en botón. Como se distinguen: los hongos polvera locales tienen la capa lisa, o cubierta de espinas o nudos miniaturos, muy regulares. Este lleva parches de forma variable, los restos del velo.

Después de unos pocos dias, tendrá la forma típica de paraguas. Un hongo polvera se mantiene redondito, pero se vuelve color café y está lleno de un polvo marrón, las esporas, que suelta al aire con cualquier impacto.

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