We usually think of mushrooms as popping up fast and disintegrating rapidly. Many puffballs come up and disperse spores in fall, then persist all winter under the snow. Once revealed in spring, they continue to release spores when stepped on by animals or impacted by rain drops. Wonderful strategy to ensure dispersal of millions of spores in fall, spring, and into the summer.
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 16, 2018 Puffballs are a specialized group of mushrooms that produce spheroidal fruitbodies. They belong to a group called Gastromycetes meaning “stomach fungi.” In this group, spores are produced internally in sacs that are … Continue reading →