Pisolithus arrhizus

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Pisolithus arrhizus
Pisolithus tinctorus cross.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Sclerodermataceae
Genus: Pisolithus
Species: P. arrhizus
Binomial name
Pisolithus arrhizus
(Scop.) Rauschert (1959)
  • Lycoperdon arrizon Scop. (1786)
  • Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker & Couch (1928)

Pisolithus arrhizus (also spelled Pisolithus arhizus[1]) is a widespread earth-ball like fungus, which may in fact be several closely related species. It is known in Australia as the horse dung fungus and in Europe as the Bohemian truffle. This puffball's black viscous gel is used as a natural dye for clothes.[2] Pisolithus arrhizus is a major component in mycorrhizal fungus mixtures that are used in gardening as powerful root stimulators.[3]


  1. ^ "Pisolithus arhizus (Scop.) Rauschert". Index Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  2. ^ Roberts P, Evans S. (2011). The Book of Fungi. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. p. 525. ISBN 978-0-226-72117-0. 
  3. ^ Kuo M, Methven A. (2010). 100 Cool Mushrooms. University of Michigan Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-472-03417-0. 

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