Lycoperdon perlatum Gem-Studded Puffball
Fruitbodies are pear-shaped to top-shaped, with a sterile, stalk-like base and measure up to six cm tall by 5 cm wide. They are white at first, turning brown to red-brown in age. The outer wall of cone-shaped spines gives an attractive appearance. The spines slough off with age or weathering. leaving a network of scars over the surface. It fruits on the ground in humus or wood debris. All of the small puffballs are edible when still white inside but I have never been impressed with the flavour and many are virtually tasteless.