Observation 182754: Calvatia excipuliformis (Scop.) Perdeck

When: 2013-08-17

Collection location: Karkaraly National Park, Karaganda District, Kazakhstan [Click for map]

49.460691° 75.47972° 840m

Who: Igor (Igor_Yevdokimov)

No specimen available

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.
Season: June-August.

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