Observation 88522: Calvatia Fr.

When: 2012-03-03

Collection location: Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, Belmont Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

Two large brown puffballs were found in a bottom area near a wetland. My initial reaction was rotten pumpkin, but nope, these are puffballs.

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8% (3)
Recognized by sight: Way larger than the Bovista pilla I found last year.
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Bovista pila
By: John Steinke (John Steinke)
2012-03-06 08:32:48 CST (-0500)

Looks great but big seems to be the problem. Other fungi have specimens outside the norm, why not Bovista pila.

too big for Bovista pila
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2012-03-03 20:51:58 CST (-0500)

Thanks Darv,

I also thought this was too big for Bovista pila, but the burgundy skin, rather stiff spore mass, and the fact that they managed to persist through the winter and into spring reminded me of Bovista pila collections from last year. The one I’m holding was also just lying on the ground, not connected.

Too big
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2012-03-03 18:49:09 CST (-0500)

Way too big for Bovista pila. You might need a microscope to separate Calvatia from Hankea, but it should be one of them.