Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Giant puffball
Langermannia gigantea
Location: throughout woods
Most giant puffballs grow to be 10 to 70 centimetres (3.9 to 28 in) in diameter, although occasionally some can reach diameters up to 150 centimetres (59 in) and weights of 20 kilograms (44 lb). The large white mushrooms are edible when young.The fruiting body of a puffball mushroom will develop within the period of a few weeks and soon begin to decompose and rot, at which point it is dangerous to eat. Unlike most mushrooms, all the spores of the giant puffball are created inside the fruiting body; large specimens can easily contain several trillion spores.
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Genus: Langermannia (puffball mushrooms)
Family: Lycoperdaceae (true puffballs)
Order: Lycoperdales (puffballs and earthstars)
Class: Agaricomycetes (Mushrooms)
Phylum/Division: Basidiomycota (Higher Fungi)
Kingdom: Fungi (Fungi)