Giant Puffball Calvatia gigantea (Batsch) Lloyd

Status:

Found solitary or scattered on ground in open woods, pastures, and grassy areas.

Description:

White fruiting body may be 15 inches or more and weigh several pounds. Smooth, almost round, with some indentations as it ages. A single attachment to the ground. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 16 records in the project database.

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Giant Puffball (9" fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/26/2014). Photo by John Harris. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/25/2013). Twelve-inch ruler included for scale. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Giant Puffball in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/25/2017). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/5/2014). Black handle is 10.5 inches. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball from below in Frederick Co., Maryland (10/26/2015). Photo by Kathy Calvert. (MBP list)

Giant Puffballs in Frederick Co., Maryland (10/16/2015). Photo by Kathy Calvert. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/26/2015). Photo by Kathy Calvert. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball in Washington Co., Maryland (10/15/2015). Photo by Michael Douglas. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball (single attachment to ground) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/25/2013). Twelve-inch ruler included for scale. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Giant Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (10/12/2017). Photo by Allen Dupre. (MBP list)

Giant Puffball (split young fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/5/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Giant Puffball specimen (last fall's fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/25/2015). Eound, smooth, light brown; measured 3.7-3.9 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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