Observation 174208: Calvatia elata (Massee) Morgan

When: 2014-08-15

Collection location: Olean, Cattaraugus Co., New York, USA [Click for map]

Who: Garrett Taylor (cappy)

No specimen available

This was found in lowlands by a trail. This was the smallest od the bunch at two inches. Looked like hypomycetized boletes at first upon thorough examination there wasn’t any hint of gills or pores just puffball like interior. It’s aspect is unlike any of the common puffballs I know.

Proposed Names

48% (5)
Recognized by sight: Uniform interior puffball like
60% (2)
Recognized by sight: Uniform interior puffball like having a stalk puts it in Calvatia, Calbovista and Lycoperdon.
Used references: wikipedia
Based on microscopic features: I didn’t see any spores in the section I took including the interior and exterior near the curve of the head. Just hyphae with not particular order. I am a microscope newbie though.
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Deprecated on this site as Calvatia bovista which I think is a different species
Used references: See description in Bessette’s NE Guide

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Photo of interior?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-08-16 11:49:30 -05 (-0500)

Would be nice to see what you saw.

By: Garrett Taylor (cappy)
2014-08-16 07:02:44 -05 (-0500)

I don’t think so Daniel, it didn’t have a big round head like all the pics I see of Tulostoma. I am going to go get some more pictures of the big ones this morning.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-08-16 01:32:55 -05 (-0500)

is a stalked puffball. Was it similar?

By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-08-15 21:08:00 -05 (-0500)

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