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Forgot to say, the second one looks like the appropriately named Candlesnuff Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon. Again, these are old ones that have faded. When fresh, the branches are black.

If you're going to collect Giant Puffball to eat, it's probably best to familiarise yourself with the superficially similar and poisonous Earth Balls.(Scleroderma). Don't get too jumpy though - they are easily distinguished, even by complete novices:

1. they don't grow anywhere near as large as Giant Puffballs
   (maybe 10-15 cm in diameter tops)
2. the surface is noticeably scaly and yellowy, not smooth and white
3. the interior is very dark (grey-black), not pure white
4. their habitat choices are far less catholic (usually restricted
   to ancient deciduous woodland)

This is the most common one:

Edited by Liz Heard - 07 Nov 2019 at 11:56am
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