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Lycoperdon umbrinum, commonly known as the umber-brown puffball
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota

A puffball is the common name for a member of several groups of fungi in the division Basidiomycota. Puffballs include the genera of Calvatia, Calbovista and Lycoperdon.[1] All false puffballs are inedible, as they are tough and bitter to taste. The genus Scleroderma, which has a young purple gleba, should be avoided.[2]


  1. Freedman, Louise; Mycological Society of San Francisco (1987, 2000). "Wild About Mushrooms:Puffballs". Retrieved 2012-09-18
  2. Miller, Orson K. (1977). Mushrooms of North America. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton Publisher. p. 298. ISBN 0-525-47482-X .