Calvatia bovista

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Calvatia bovista
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Calvatia bovista, seen in Ohio, US
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Lycoperdaceae
Genus: Calvatia
Species: C. bovista
Binomial name
Calvatia bovista

Calvatia bovista is a species of Calvatia mushroom, the second largest Calvatia in North America.[1] As with other Calvatia mushrooms, it is edible when young, and it is used in medicine.[2]


The fruiting body is 10 to 25 centimetres (3.9 to 9.8 in) high and 5 to 25 centimetres (2.0 to 9.8 in) wide, round on top with a wide stemlike sterile base, often half the height of the fruiting body. Spores are 4-6μm, round, minutely warted or spiny. It is seen in pastures, open woods, etc., fairly common.[1]


  1. ^ a b Arora, David (1986). Mushrooms Demystified. Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0898151694. 
  2. ^ Wild edible fungi: a global overview of their use and importance to people; page 132. Boa, E.R., Food & Agriculture Org., 2004. ISBN 9251051577/ISBN 9789251051573

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