Mushroom Protocol 01

xerocomellus crysenteron, Sony Nex vg-10, 35-105mm, Macro +4 Filter


Since I now regularly review common mushrooms, I want to start a series involving the community for some mushroom identification. By posting pictures of mushroom finds, I try to simply asses, remember names and I invite community engagement, welcomed in the comment section. With a little support from the community, I'd be glad if anyone can point out any misidentifications or hint on what helps to identify the mushroom in question. With regular posts, I hope that this series will be educational and benefit everyone who is interested.

DSC03378.JPGWhich mushroom is this?, Sony Nex vg-10, 35-105mm, Macro +4 Filter

Can you try to hypothetically or definitively identify the above mushroom?


The following were reviewed and discussed in a regular mycological study group I go to weekly.

Scleroderma citrinum, earthball:



Scientific NameScleroderma Citrinum
Common NameEarthball
Appearencesimilar to warty potato
Odeurunpleasant, gas

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Craterellus cornucopioides, horn of plenty:


Scientific NameCraterellus cornucopioides
Common Namehorn of plenty
Appearencea deep funnel
HabitatFound under Beech and sometimes Oak trees
Tastedelicious, mild, smells pleasant
Medicinal propertiesAntimutagenicity Ethanolic extracts of the black trumpet inhibited the mutagenic effects of aflatoxin B1, benzo[a]pyrene, the acridine half mustard ICR-191 and 2-nitrofluorene in the Ames test for mutagenesis. Using the same test, the extracts had no inhibitory effects on 4-nitroquinoline-N-oxide, methyl methanesulfonate or N-methyl-N’-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine

Anti-tumor effects Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of C. cornucopioides and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 60% and 70%, respectively (Ohtsuka et al., 1973). Source

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lycoperdon, puffball :


Scientific Namelycoperdon
Common Namepuffball
Appearencepear shaped , covered in tiny pearl-like attachments
HabitatGrass, Leaf litter,
Odeurgas like
Culinaryedible when it isn't brown on the inside
Medicinal propertiesAntimicrobial
Lycoperdon perlatum contains useful, biologically active components [2.]. Using different methods of extraction from the fruiting body of Lycoperdon perlatum (water, methanol and ethanol), the microbial activity of the mushroom was tested on bacteria. Antimicrobial activity was demonstrated against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Candida albicans and Candida glabrata in the methanol and ethanol Lycoperdon perlatum extracts. The water-based extract was also resistant to all bacterial strains except for Pseudomonas aeruginosa [3.]. When compared to other mushrooms, Lycoperdon perlatum showed the most antimicrobial activity in vitro, a zone of 15mm of no microbial activity in the presence of the extract was considered highly active. Lycoperdon perlatum showed a microbial inhibition zone of 24mm for Bacillus subtilis with 19mm and 18mm, respectively for Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus [4.].

Healing properties and prevention of bleeding
North American Indians used puffballs for medicinal purposes, in particular as a styptic (able to stop a wound bleeding when applied). The soft, centre of dried and immature puffballs, when broken up and then applied onto the broken skin or wound, helps to prevent continued bleeding. The Cherokee Indians also used it as a healing agent for sores [5.]. It is also reported that the fibrous mass that is left after the spores have escaped the puffball can be used as a wound dressing.

Antioxidant properties
Reactive oxygen species can cause extensive damage to cells, so the search for biologically active compounds to mitigate the effects continues. The antioxidant properties were considerable when water extracts of Lycoperdon perlatum were examined compared to other mushrooms, showing the highest radical-scavenging activity (43.2% at a dose concentration of 4.0mg/ml) [6.].Source


To be honest I find this one hard to remember. Craterellus cornucopioides. A mnemonic for it that helps is meteorite crater

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