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Monday, 14 March 2016

Geothermal Horse Dung

Monday Mushroom #101

This is a puffball - Pisolithus arhizus. At this age, it is quite a neat little puffball, but will split and deform and become a gross, slimy, cracked mess as it matures. The black mess can be used as a natural textile dye.

In New Zealand it is restricted to growing in areas of high geothermal activity - this one was photographed in Tokaanu by Lake Taupo.  But in Australia it is more widespread and is called the horse dung puffball.

Horse dung puffball - Pisolithus arhizus

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