Lycoperdon nigrescens    Pers. 

common name(s) : Dusky Puffball 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Agaricaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Gasteromycetideae/Lycoperdales/Lycoperdaceae  

synonyms: Lycoperdon foetidum, Lycoperdon perlatum-nigrescens 

edibility : inedible

photo gallery of  Lycoperdon nigrescens
photo gallery of  Lycoperdon nigrescens potential confusions with  Lycoperdon nigrescens toxicity of Lycoperdon nigrescens genus Lycoperdon  

The fruiting body is spherical or pear-shaped, covered with short brownish-black spines, whitish, with a long stem, up to half of the whole fruiting body, not clearly marked from the fertile head.

The fertile surface is internal: the spores are released as dust when mature.

It grows on the ground, in coniferous or mixed woods, on a rather acid soil.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 3 cm (between 1 and 5 cm)
  total height approximately 2.5 cm (between 1.5 and 5 cm)

Distinctive features : brown fruting body with globular shape, covered with 2 - 3mm long acute blackish spines, converging at the tips by 3 or 4; when they fall, the skin forms a reticulate pattern; unpleasant odour in the youth

Lycoperdon nigrescens is quite rare and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lycoperdon nigrescens in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lycoperdon nigrescens in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18