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ushrooms of North America
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Stalked Puffballs

Is it club-shaped; stalk not separated from spore sac; gleba composed of numerous chambers?

Yes

Does it have a spherical to oval sac on a cylindrical stalk; gleba homogeneous throughout?

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You have a Pusolithus tintorius

 

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Is the stalk covered with a thick chambered gelatinous layer?

Yes

Is the stalk tough, fleshy to woody but never gelatinous?

Yes

 

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Is the spore sac red, covered at first with a thick gelatinous transparent layer?

Yes

Is the spore sac yellow, not covered with a gelatinous layer? ...........   .........................

Yes

 

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You have a Calostoma cinnabarina

 

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Is the stalk long; spore sac with a very thin gelatinous layer?

Yes

Is the stalk short; spore sac naked? ...........................

Yes

 

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You have a Calostoma lutescens

 

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You have a Calostoma reavenelii

 

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Is the stalk short, tough, fleshy to woody?

Yes

Is the stalk 8" or more, woody; grows in desert regions?

Yes

 

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You have a Tulostoma simulans

 

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Is the stalk 8" - 16" long, 1" - 2" wide; volva several layers?

Yes

Is the stalk 8" - 16" long, .25" - .6" wide; volva simple?

Yes

 

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You have a Battarrea phalloides

 

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You have a Battarrea Laciniata

 

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