Observation 98642: “Gasteromycetes” Fr.
When: 2011-09-10
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I’ve searched for a long while on an ID for this fruiting body, but all my efforts have not brought me significantly close to figuring out what these are. A stalk is present, and a light touch releases a cloud of greenish spores. Apparently, “highly entertaining” isn’t usually a description found in guides for whatever species this may be. Specimen appears to be aged.

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By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2012-09-02 12:53:06 PDT (-0700)

from your photo, this fungi looks like it is attached to the ground, sessile. Not stalked.

By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2012-09-02 12:52:13 PDT (-0700)

What is your definition of stalked? Calostoma and Battarraea are truly stalked puffballs. Calvatia, as this looks like from the top down photo, is not a stalked puffball. Although, it may have a base, a rooted base or a pseudostipe that keeps in in the ground somewhat, but it does not have a stalk.
If you could post photos of the “stalk” and maybe cut this guy in half and show through a photo these macro characters – this would illuminate more data. Also, put in a golf ball or pocket knife in your photo so we can “see” about how big this fungi is.
Look up Battarreae – if what you have found in truly stalked – look into this group of fungi “the stalked puffballs”

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-08-31 01:12:33 PDT (-0700)

more photography might help. depending on how stalked your puffball is, it may be easily IDed.

Created: 2012-06-29 13:02:43 PDT (-0700)
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