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Dye-maker's False Puffball - longitudinal section

A cut lengthwise from the top to the bottom of the puffball reveals inside a series of egg-like spore sacs embeded in a blackish jelly.  Maturation of the spores is first observed at the top and gradually works towards the stalk producing masses of brown powdery spores that are carried off by the wind currents.  Fresh or dried mushrooms are used to make a rich golden-brown to black dyes. Photo by Laurel Woodley

Pisolithus tinctorius when cut reveals spore sacs
Latin Name: 
Pisolithus tinctorius
Family Name: 
Sclerodermataceae
Place of Origin: 
North America
Garden Location: 
Alpine Rd. at North Yarrow Trail
Season: 
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