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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 it
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.