Observation 74519: Calvatia cyathiformis Morgan

When: 2011-08-23

Collection location: Beaver Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Bob Zuberbuhler (Bob Z)

No specimen available

A 7 inch wide puffball with a very broad stalk, found in a lawn. Weighed 2 1/2 pounds and the cross section surface exuded water.



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Recognized by sight: Purple spore mass and loves to leave fairy rings in lawns.

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Calvatia cyathiformis
By: Bob Zuberbuhler (Bob Z)
2011-08-24 09:59:08 CDT (-0400)

I’ve added another cross-section photographed today that more clearly shows the purple spore mass, and I agree that this is Calvatia cyathiformis rather than craniformis.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-08-23 21:40:51 CDT (-0400)

Thanks for your email. I’d say your dead on about it being a puffball. I was only saying it looked boletoid, and indeed, the section shouts its true identity.

cool…and unusual.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-23 17:30:29 CDT (-0400)

thanks for sectioning.

holy sterile base
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-08-23 12:41:29 CDT (-0400)

looks boletoid from a distance.

Created: 2011-08-23 12:14:18 CDT (-0400)
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