Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales Family: Agaricaceae
Species: Calvatia gigantea (Batsch) Lloyd
Synonyms: Bovista gigantea
Langermannia gigantea
Lasiosphaera gigantea
Lycoperdon giganteum
Common Name: Giant Puffball


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Calvatia giganteaPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Taxus baccata (1)
Poa (1)
Pinus (1)
Fagus sylvatica (1)
Corylus avellana (1)
Crataegus monogyna (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Parkland and scattered trees (3)
Acid grassland (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (2)
Boundaries: hedge with trees, species-poor (1)
Built-up areas (1)
Cultivated/disturbed land: introduced shrub (1)
Grassland: improved/reseeded, lowland (1)
Improved grassland (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (1)
Valley alderwoods on neutral-alkaline soils (1)
Woodland and scrub (1)
Woodland: mixed (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil Grassy (13)
Soil (11)
Months recorded in & number of records:
January (1)
March (5)
April (1)
May (1)
July (2)
August (5)
September (8)
October (9)
November (3)