Collection location: Steppe of Karaganda district, Kazakhstan [Click for map]
Calvatia excipuliformis (Scop.) Perdeck (182754) 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: rather rare kind; single or small groups scattered in grass with rare bushes after hard rains along Northern half of Karaganda district (this location is nearby Karaganda city edge).
Edibility: edible and tasty when young and flesh is white.
Season: May – August.
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