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The puffballs are a kind of mushroom that consist of many species from most notably the Lycoperdon genus and several others including Calvatia and Scleroderma.

They are recognizable for their round and bulbous appearances. As well as their ability to "explode" in the release of spores. The spores are released in a brown "cloud" upon release.

While many puffball mushrooms are not poisonous, some species resemble young Agarics mushrooms and are often confused as a result.

Mushroom collage This article is part of Project Mushroom, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each mushroom or toadstool, including made-up species.
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