Observation 3168: Fungi Bartl.
When: 2007-04-29
Who: kilbad
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Recently, I was hiking in the Morton Arboretum, located in Illinois, US (see: http://www.mortonarb.org/), and came across a very interesting fungus. I can best describe its structure as a large, roughly 8inch x 12inch, light brown/tan, sponge-like mass, that, when pressed on, releases similarly colored “dust” in the air (presumably spores?). I have posted pictures of it on my server, and wanted to know if you would help me identify it?

See:: http://www.kilbad.com/fungus

Regardless, thank you for the time and consideration!

bt

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:05 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Morton Arboretum, Illinois, US’ to ‘Morton Arboretum, Illinois, USA

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Need photo
By: Patrick R. Leacock (MycoGuide)
2012-01-24 08:32:52 CET (+0100)

The link to your photo above is dead. If you still have the photo please upload it to this observation.

spring cleaning
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-26 01:18:51 CEST (+0200)

photos tend to lend a hand in the ID process. where is yours?

Very old giant puffballs
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-04-30 16:05:38 CEST (+0200)

Like Darvin said most likely in the genus Calvatia.

Calvatia
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-04-30 08:15:40 CEST (+0200)

It looks like a large puffball. Calvatia fragilis is a good place to start from, but you might need a microscope to get a positive ID.

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