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Letter: Cut one open to see if puffball

Marie Freeman suggests the mystery plant might be species of puffball mushroom. She writes:
Lycoperdon pyriforme is one of only a few puffballs that grow on wood, which makes it fairly easy to identify. Other distinguishing features include the fact that its outer surface is only finely spiny, with spines that usually wear off; and the long white mycelial strings attached to its stem, which is often pinched off at the base--resulting in the pear-shaped ("pyriform") overall appearance that gives the species its name.

You could take one and cut it open to see the inside it would tell you if it was a puffball species of fungus. It's hard to tell by the picture but I assume that's what it probably is. The world of fungus :-) I say there's a chance even if it is a puffball that it might have the spores in the center now and more brown. And in its prime it would've looked almost like a marshmallow or mozzarella cheese. Would be interesting to see a picture of one cut in half or several.
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