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

synonyms: Lilabelű szétesőpöfeteg, Purple-spored Puffball
Calvatia cyathiformis Mushroom
Ref No: 7369
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Calvatia cyathiformis2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7370
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location: North America
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Grey to beige
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 in woods, Grows on the ground

Purple-spored Puffball Calvatia cyathiformis (Bosc) Morgan Lilabelű szétesőpöfeteg Purple-spored Puffball. Fruit body 5-16cm across, 5-11 (15)cm high, hemispherical with a rudimentary stem, forcing up through turf; pallid to dirty tan or brownish with age; smooth at first, then soon cracking into smaller areas to give a tesselated effect; breaking up to reveal spore mass (gleba) in a persistent cuplike base. Spore mass of cottony consistency; white at first, then soon deep lilac to dark purple-brown. Spores globose, with distinct spines, 3.5-7.5 x 3.5-7.5µ. Habitat in open fields and lawns. Common. Found widespread in eastern North America and the Great Plains. Season July-November. Edible when young; good. Comment The large violet-brown cuplike base left after the spores are dispersed can often be found through the winter.

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seth wilson (United States) - 13 June 2014

No photo at this time, I just wanted to point out that a nickname of this mushroom is "purple-spored puffball" and the description calls the spores purple, but the "spore colour" section says the spores are light to dark brown. I'm not sure if this is an error, but when I was searching for a puffball with purple spores, this one didn't come up. Just FYI.
Andrew Block (United States) - 11 December 2012

Taken at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y., on 30 September 2012. It was out in the open amongst the headstones.
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Daniel Stabler (United States) - 04 October 2012

I found several of these growing near my house - here is one cut in half, with a pen to show size. Sautéed several in peanut oil and enjoyed them for dinner.
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Harry Swihart (United States) - 14 October 2011

Harry Swihart, Cassopolis, Michigan, USA I beleive these are Calvatia Cyanthiformus found 06Oct11 in southwest Michigan. Purported to be edible which I fried in butter but had little taste.
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Nicole Haner (United States) - 22 September 2011

I found this in my Papaw's yard (Gallipolis, Ohio), and was so fascinated with it, I had to pick it. I didn't know at the time that it was edible, or I would have eaten it before it turned purple inside!
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MARCELLO DI BONA (United States) - 22 August 2011

found today August 21, 2011 in a grassy area in Westchester County, NY.
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Darryl Christensen (United States) - 28 October 2010

I found this in Westmoreland County, Virginia USA in late August. They were common in lawns, pastures and fields from which soybeans had been harvested.
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william rottstedt (United States) - 02 October 2009

Found in Huntsville, Alabama late September 2009. Harvested the younger ones.
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william rottstedt (United States) - 02 October 2009

Found in Huntsville, Alabama late September 2009. Harvested the younger ones.
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william rottstedt (United States) - 02 October 2009

Found in Huntsville, Alabama late September 2009. Harvested the younger ones.
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william rottstedt (United States) - 02 October 2009

Found in Huntsville, Alabama late September 2009. Harvested the younger ones.
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