Kōrero: Fungi

Giant puffball

Giant puffball

Giant puffballs (Calvatia gigantea) occasionally turn up on farmland. The largest can grow to over 1 metre in diameter, but usually they are a similar size and shape to a football. When young and white inside, they are edible. As they age the outer skin turns yellow and the interior turns into a mass of brown spore dust. The spores are dispersed by the wind when the skin decays.

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Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Photograph by Ross Beever

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - Saprobes: decomposers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11574/giant-puffball (accessed 28 October 2020)

He kōrero nā Peter Buchanan, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007