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Lycoperdon nigrescens              Blackening Puffball

        This is an attractive species.  The young fruitbodies are spiny and blackish brown     (= umber?).   At maturity, they lose their spines and are much paler, almost straw-coloured. At this stage the wall is ornamented with an attractive network of lines marking the scars left by the spines.   This photo was taken on the west coast where this puffball is quite common.  It is reported as occurring in the Northeast of NA but I haven't seen it  and good information on distribution is hard to get.