Pisolithus tinctorius

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Pisolithus tinctorius
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Sclerodermataceae
Genus: Pisolithus
Species: P. tinctorius
Binomial name
Pisolithus tinctorius

Known in Australia as the horse dung fungus and in Europe as the Bohemian truffle, Pisolithus tinctorius is a widespread earth-ball like fungus, which may in fact be several closely related species. This puffball's black viscous gel is used as a natural dye for clothes. Pisolithus tinctorius is also a major component in Mycorrhizae fungi mixtures that are used in gardening as powerful root stimulators. [1]

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