Observation 98328: Calvatia cyathiformis var. fragilis
When: 2012-06-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Baseball sized puffballs for the two in initial images. Brown gleba(old specimens) with very soft/smooth outer flesh. Somewhat egg shaped.
Outer flesh NOT TOUGH AND SCALY, or thick like Scleroderma, or C. booniana. Nor does it have any sort of points or scales(as with L.perlatum and obviously far too large).

Found beneath Quercus/Douglas fir.

Also, very light weight when picked up.

Smell: like urine. Old specimens.

Largest specimen nerf football size.

Young specimen(golf ball sized) with a white interior and lacking foul scent.

Spore information added in final images using digital microscopy.

Temp: mid 60’s, sunny- light precip.

Regardless of the odd location(Washington state) I am somewhat confused as to any species this could be other than C. gigantea considering the very smooth/thin outer skin, scent, spores and large size. Definitely not C. booniana due to extremely smooth skin.

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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: Spore mass closer to purple-brown than greenish-brown. Appears too small for C.gigantea.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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Thanks Mycotrope-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2012-06-26 19:04:44 CEST (+0200)

I felt like it was definitely too small too- but I couldn’t nail this one down using any keys I had… Really appreciate your help!

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