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Calvatia utriformis.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Hasenbovist, Vesse-de-loup ciselée
Calvatia utriformis 2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7373
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Ref No: 7374
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Ref No: 7375
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location: Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows on the ground

Calvatia utriformis (Bull. ex Pers.) Jaap syn. Handkea utriformis (Bull.) Pers. syn. Calvatia caelata (Bull. ex Pers.) Morgan syn. Lycoperdon caelatum Bull. ex Pers. Hasenbovist Vesse-de-loup ciselée. Fruit body 6–12cm across, squat and pear-shaped when mature tapering towards the base, white to pale grey-brown finally darker brown, outer wall consisting of scurfy warts and soon breaking up into hexagonal patches leaving the fragile inner wall to flake off irregularly at the top. Gleba olivaceous-brown and powdery; sterile base thick, up to one-half of the fruit-body. Spores olive-brown, globose, warted, 4–5µ in diameter. Habitat in pastures or on heaths, usually on sandy soil. Season summer to late autumn but the old cup-shaped sterile bases often persisting from one season to the next. Uncommon – more frequent in the northern Europe. Edible when young.

Mushroom Recipes
Crunchy Puff-ball
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 26 August 2010

06/07/2009 Beskidy Poland
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Rahim Yalcintas (Turkey) - 27 May 2010

Calvatia utriformis found in Kirklareli / Turkey
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Rahim Yalcintas (Turkey) - 27 May 2010

This is a big Calvatia utriformis found in Kirklareli (in Thrace region and Europen part of Turkey).
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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 03 May 2010

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James Moran (United Kingdom) - 04 August 2009

A young example found on the south coast of Dorset in a field by the sea.
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James Moran (United Kingdom) - 04 August 2009

I found several of these on the south coast of Dorset in a field near the sea. At first I didn't know what they were but I've now identified them from finding a young one. Here's how I described them initially. Found in a field 6 inches high 4 inches diameter Puffs out brown spores upon squeezing Feels and looks like a very light chocolate microwave sponge cake
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