Stump Puffball

  • grows in clusters on wood
  • interior is all-white and undifferentiated
  • attached to wood by fine, white rootlets
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Look-alikes in Washington

A number of poisonous mushrooms may resemble this species when they are in their button stage and lack a visible stem. Such mushrooms differ from puffballs in that they exhibit the outline of gills and other structures when cut in half, rather than having an interior that is all-white and undifferentiated. In addition, a number of not-recommended or poisonous, terrestrial, brown puffballs are superficially similar in appearance. They differ most obviously in that they grow on the ground rather than from wood.

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