Purple-spored Puffball Calvatia cyathiformis (Bosc) Morgan  

Status:

Found solitary or scattered on hard-packed earth.

Description:

Fruiting body: White to pale brown, smooth then patterned, breaking into plates that flake off revealing the spores; leaves a purple saucer-shaped cup. Spores: Initially white and solid, becoming yellowish, finally purplish and powdery. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 20 records in the project database.

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A Purple-spored Puffball (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/19/2008). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Purple-spored Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (10/19/2008). Image shows empty cup (left) and cut mature fruiting body with purple spores (right). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Purple-spored Puffball growing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/16/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Purple-spored Puffball growing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/16/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Remains of a large Purple-spored Puffball in Howard Co., Maryland (9/29/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)


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