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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