Calvatia gigantea 

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Calvatia gigantea (Batsch) Lloyd 

Saprotrophic. Found in disturbed areas in grass, open woods, sometimes in fairy rings in late summer and fall. Soccer ball size or more (a 60” roundish blob), weighing 50 lbs. has been recorded. This is a gasteromycete, or stomach fungi in the Agaricaceae family of the Agaricales order of the Basidiomycota division.

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Calvatia gigantea

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