Giant Puffball - Calvatia gigantea


An easily recognised fungus by its often massive size. Generally round and white with irregular lobes and a thick leathery skin, which is easily peeled away. Attached to the ground by a root-like cord.

Identification difficulty

Grows on the ground on verges, in pasture or woods.

When to see it

Usually seen in summer and autumn

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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