| Calvatia gigantea
|The giant puffball pictured here is the size of a basketball; found early October
(2005) in semi-open woods. These mushrooms produce trillions of spores.
Can be found October and into early November, often after heavy rains.
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|This pristine specimen of Calvatia gigantea was also found early
October (2008) growing in semi-open woods (mixed hardwoods) with
walnut trees present. Soccer ball sized.
|These mature, spore-filled examples of Calvatia gigantea were found in
spring, having over-wintered and still dispersing spores.
|These giant puffballs were among a grouping of ten found in early November
growing in semi-open woods (mixed hardwoods) with walnut trees present.
|Point of attachment to the ground is often only a web of mycelia emerging
from the soil.