Enteridium lycoperdon

Common Names: False puffball
Category: Slime Molds
Sub-category: Reticulariaceae

Typically seen in its reproductive phase as a white 'swelling' on standing dead trees in the spring, or on large pieces of fallen wood. E. lycoperdon grows typically on dead alder branches, logs, and stumps in wet places beside rivers, streams and wetlands; it is also found growing on dead elm, beech, poplar, hawthorn, elder, hornbeam, hazel, and pine trees, often after late frosts in spring and in the autumn. The plasmodial phase feeds by phagocytosis upon bacteria, fungi, moulds, yeasts, inorganic particles and spores. If conditions become too dry, the plasmodium changes into a sclerotium, a dry and dormant state, awaiting the return of wet conditions.

Edible Notes: Though not generally considered edible, E. lycoperdon is not known to be toxic. In Veracruz, Mexico, it is reported that the very young aethalia are collected, fried, and eaten.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.