Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales Family: Agaricaceae
Species: Lycoperdon excipuliforme (Scop.) Pers.
Synonyms: Calvatia excipuliformis
Calvatia saccata
Handkea excipuliformis
Lycoperdon elatum
Lycoperdon excipuliforme f. flavescens
Lycoperdon excipuliforme var. flavescens
Lycoperdon polymorphum var. excipuliforme
Lycoperdon saccatum
Common Name: Pestle Puffball


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Lycoperdon excipuliformePhotographer:  Ronnie Irvine
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Quercus (3)
Taxus baccata (2)
Larix (2)
Salix (1)
Quercus robur (1)
Quercus petraea (1)
Prunus laurocerasus (1)
Pinus nigra (1)
Picea abies (1)
Beech (1)
Fagus sylvatica (1)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Woodland: mixed (10)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (9)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (4)
Woodland: broadleaved (4)
Woodland (3)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (3)
Built up area, domestic (2)
Neutral grassland (2)
Parkland and scattered trees (2)
Scrub: scattered (2)
Acid grassland: semi-improved (1)
Marginal/inundation: marginal (1)
Marsh/marshy grassland (1)
Woodland and scrub (1)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural, high forest (1)
Woodland: coniferous (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (1)
Woodland: plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil (19)
Soil Grassy (8)
Larch (Larix) (6)
Acer pseudoplatanus (1)
Leaf Litter (1)
Stony (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
February (1)
March (3)
May (2)
July (10)
August (1)
September (11)
October (25)
November (11)