Common name: Giant Western Puffball Spore Print: None! As it ages it turns into a brown spore mass. Habitat: This one was growing in the gravel / dirt in the mountains, in a parking area! Edibility: Edible Comments: Puffballs are one of the easiest edible mushrooms to identify. Be sure to cut through the middle to see if they are a solid mass throughout (some immature mushrooms appear to be puffballs). This mushroom was only about the size of a softball, although there are reports of this species weighing as much as fifty pounds! This is very similar to the edible Giant Puffball (Clavatia gigantea) which is common in eastern USA. However, it has a warty surface and grows a bit more elongated instead of spherical.
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