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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bovista sp.

I was shown this picture of a "fungi with a very long root". For some reason the mycelium has come out of the ground relatively intact.

Judging by where it was found I suspect it is a young Bovista nigrescens, the Brown Puffball.

Roger Phillips says " - - attached to the ground by a single mycelial cord (bundle of hyphae) which often breaks,leaving the fruit body to roll about in the wind" 
Looking at the photo it is easy to see how this might come about, probably quite an efficient way for the fungus to gain added distance yet still distribute it's spores away from the parent mycelium onto a suitable substrate.

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