Lycoperdales

Lycoperdales

The Lycoperdales are a now outdated order of fungi. The order included some well-known types such as the giant puffball, the earthstars, and other tuberous fungi. They were defined as having epigeous basidiomes, a hymenium present, one to three layers in the peridium (outer wall), powdery gleba, and brown spores.

The restructuring of fungal taxonomy brought about by molecular phylogeny has divided this order . Most of its members have been placed in family Lycoperdaceae of order Agaricales, while the earthstars and similar species now occupy family Geastraceae of order Phallales.

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