Calvatia excipuliformis    (Pers.:Pers.) Perdeck 

common name(s) : Pestle Puffball 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Agaricaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Gasteromycetideae/Lycoperdales/Lycoperdaceae  

synonyms: Lycoperdon excipuliforme, Lycoperdon excipuliformis, Handkea excipuliformis, Lycoperdon saccatum, Calvatia saccata 

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Calvatia excipuliformis
photo gallery of  Calvatia excipuliformis potential confusions with  Calvatia excipuliformis toxicity of Calvatia excipuliformis genus Calvatia  

The fruiting body is pear-shaped, covered with short spines or warts soon disappearing, cream to ochre, with a rather long stem but not differentiated from the fertile head (about half or two thirds of the total height).

The fertile surface is internal: the spores are released as dust when mature. The spore print is olive brown.

It grows on the ground, in deciduous (sometimes coniferous) woods, meadows.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 8 cm (between 3 and 12 cm)
  total height approximately 13 cm (between 5 and 20 cm)

Distinctive features : sorry, no English description yet

Calvatia excipuliformis is occasional and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Calvatia excipuliformis in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Calvatia excipuliformis in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18