Notes: Calvatia excipuliformis Lycoperdaceae, Lycoperdales. (Головач продолговатый)
Fleshy white soft mushroom with fine gentle pyramidal spines at the top, cap and stalk make a solid body only when young.
Mushroom: 4-7cm wide, 6-12 cm high, pear-shaped with elongated base as a false stalk, turban-shaped top is covered with tiny short spines, they become smaller toward down as coarse powder; white up to whitish then ochre-brown or olive-brown with aging; cap and stalk compose a single white body with white flesh when young, then greenish-yellow up to olive-brown spore powder as dry dust. Sometimes a cap splits with a crack from a stalk before maturing. Old cap is easily broken off or blows up with spore powder; mushroom turns into residual ochre-brown stalk with some loose remnants of pore-bearing sag.
Habitat: common kind; single or small group scattered along pine-tree forest edge or in meadows, minor under trees.
Comments: young soft mushroom looks as Lycoperdon perlatum, but a little bigger and not clustered.
Edibility: edible and tasty when young and flesh is white.
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Created: 2014-10-14 09:43:04 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2014-10-14 09:43:14 PDT (-0700)
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