Calvatia gigantea (Batsch) Lloyd
Family: Agaricaceae
Pang Thoe,  more...
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National Mushroom Centre  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: Pang Thoe

Edibility: Edible when young

Habitat: Terrestrial and scattered to gregarious in grasses.

Description: Fruiting Bodies: Shaped like a ball, or nearly so, up to 20 cm or more across, white when fresh, becoming greyish as it matures then finally yellowish or olive brown before it ruptures to throw out its spores, finely velvety when young, but soon smooth and soft. Interior: White and fleshy becoming yellowish or greyish yellow with dusty spores which are then blown by wind.

Comments: The deadly amanitas have a volva or "universal veil" that completely envelops the young mushrooms. Before bursting forth from the volva, they look like little round puffball mushrooms therefore care should be taken. Additionally, puffballs resemble the earth ball (Scleroderma citrinum). The latter are distinguished by a much firmer, elastic fruiting body, and as an interior that becomes dark purplish-black with white reticulation.