Observation 165538: Calvatia Fr.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: molar like shape—just a guess not knowing anything about size or habitat
Used references: Kuo, M. (2006, November). Pisolithus tinctorius. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pisolithus_tinctorius.html , see third photo,and Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
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This was found in the woods.
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-05-19 14:32:54 PDT (-0700)

And it grew very close to a stump – I’d say there must’ve been association with the stump. It seems like something having overwintered, although it didn’t get crushed by snow and ice and otherwise didn’t disintegrate, even though it resembles either Bovista or puffball, being very lightweight an seemingly (almost) empty inside.

What are the shroud-like pieces adherring to the cap?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-05-19 03:20:46 PDT (-0700)

Was the obs. exposed after being under snow? Last year’s late-fruiting fungus? I’ve not seen any Calvatia with that sort of universal veil before, if that’s what it is.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-05-19 03:14:53 PDT (-0700)

can have a very firm body when young. Or be powdery when older and deformed (and eroding by spore dispersal).

This obs. appears to have a cap on the hymenium, which would be unlike Pisolithus IMO.

BTW, the cover, gleba, and overall shape suggests something like Bovista to me. Were there trees nearby, or was this found in a meadow or open field?

What makes you think it’s the species in question?
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-05-18 21:12:09 PDT (-0700)

Visually, it’s completely different. Does Pisolithus have firm body or soft?

Andrew, I noticed you have a specimen
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2014-05-18 18:57:58 PDT (-0700)

of this. If I’m right on the ID (I’ve only seen it once in a very degraded state) Noah Siegel is looking for material to study. See obs 160792.


What the heck is it?
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2014-05-18 18:35:12 PDT (-0700)

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