Name: Calvatia lloydii
Author: Zeller & Coker
Citation: Mycologia 39(3): 301 (1947)
Deprecated Synonyms: Handkea lloydii (Zeller & Coker) Kreisel
Calvatia lloydii Zeller & Coker, Mycologia 39(3): 301. 1947.
FIGURE 13, 53
= Handkea lloydii (Zeller & Coker) Kreisel, Nova Hedwigia 48(3-4): 286. 1989.
TYPE—The holotype is housed at the University of California, Berkeley, Jepson Herbarium (UCB698059)(UC), collected along the Halstead Creek Trail near the Halstead Meadow, Sequoia National Park, Tulare Co, California, collected by L. Bonar, 28 July, 1945.
Although, Kriesel moved this species into Handkea, I am not sure that I will accept this name in the California monograph. That is pending ITS sequencing results. The question has been answered, Handkea is not a very good group if you are looking at sequence data.
Calvatia lloydii: Mycol. 39:301-2 (1947) – abbreviated:
3-8 cm diam, depressed globose w/ flattened top. tapered, pinched below. White rhizomorphs (often attached to decayed wood debris). More/less prominent warts or obtuse spines, furfuaceous below. Outer peridium thin, cracking to reveal gleba. endoperidium thin & fading almost imperceptibly into the gleba hyphae. olive-buff gleba/spores. Subgleba concave & somewhat cup form & composed of small lacunae. thin and purplish brown. SPORES: 3-4u diam. finely & distinctly echinulate, sometime w a halo. Capill: 2.5-6u wide & uneven, FRAGMENTED & PITTED with linear pits, somewhat branched.
Found in the Sierra Nevada range. Collections mostly from the Giant Forest, San Bernardino, Sequoia National Forest areas.
I have yet to find this puffball. The most recent collection that I have is from 1966. If you think you might have this material, or find it before December 2012 – please email Stephanie Jarvis here on MO
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