Observation 144922: Calvatia bovista (L.) Pers.
When: 2013-09-05
No herbarium specimen

Notes: The linked obs shows fruit bodies found 9/16/12 in the exact same location on my property. The first photo looks like the same puffball seen in this current post!
http://mushroomobserver.org/110254

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Thanks Walt.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-11-26 10:59:46 PST (-0800)

Bessette has C. elata in Mushrooms of NE NA. I haven’t seen the name used elsewhere, but it seemed to fit this “stemmed” type. Similar posts I have made have also drawn the C. bovista proposal. I have checked online photos labeled as C. bovista, and it appears this name is currently applied to at least two different species, or perhaps varieties. One type looks like this post, and another is a larger rather robust puffball that resembles C. craniiformis more so than the one seen here. So I wonder about the name C. bovista.

I didn’t know the species name Lycoperdon excipuliforme. I’ll see what I can find. I don’t very well understand the classification of puffball genera. But these have always seemed to me to fit better into Lycoperdon.

Dave
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2014-11-25 07:48:59 PST (-0800)

I learned this (or something close) as Calvatia elata which strangely is not in Index Fungorum. Same as Lycoperdon excipuliforme? I do not have a good gasteromycete book. The Quebec site has both C.elata and Lycoperdon excipuliforme. I have seen specimens with a 4 inch “stem”.

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