exploring our amazing natural spaces

Putting soccer balls to shame

Our mild summer and plenty of leaf litter produced this giant puffball mushroom near the tree line in our backyard. It’s estimated an average sized one of these produces 7 trillion (that’s 12 zeros) spores at maturity. Now that’s a lot of spores!

Super sized mushroom

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3 responses

  1. Kim

    Wow is that big ! I saw one at Hodag Park when I was walking Ruby. From a distance I thought it was a hat, it was that big !!

    September 13, 2014 at 12:02 am

  2. Marilyn J Ringold

    We’ve had them in our yard on occasion, but not quite that size! M

    September 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  3. Jane Prow

    Wow that’s a big one !

    September 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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