Commonly known as ‘puff-balls’ this genus is so named because of the method of spore dispersal and ball-shaped appearance. The size ranges from about 1.3 cm to 31 cm or more across. They usually grow on tree stumps, on decaying logs, or on the ground in the woods, and can also be seen growing on lawns, golf-greens, and grassy open fields. It has been reported that all species of puff-balls are edible. However, they should be collected for cooking when they are young and are pure and white inside. As the fruiting body matures, the centre begins to turn yellow, by which time the flavour is spoiled.
KeywordsFruit Body Fibrous Layer Apical Pore American Indian Tribe White Inside
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