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Edit: Calvatia cyathiformis

Edit: Calvatia cyathiformis
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-12
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon Macro 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 0:29
Viewed: 3294
Points: 31
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Hello friends in TN.

EDIT: Thanks to John jpdenk for confirming the sp.

Calvatia cyathiformis:

Ecology: Saprobic; fruiting on lawns, pastures, golf courses and prairies from summer to fall; scattered to gregarious, often forming fairy rings; widely distributed.

Fruiting body: 5-20 cm high and/or broad; round or flattened when young; becoming pear-shaped or round with a flattened top and narrowed base; white, tan or pinkish gray to light brown; smooth, the skin cracking and flaking with age; sterile base prominent, chambered, white to dingy yellow or darker, persisting as a deep purplish to purple-brown cuplike structure after the spores have dispersed; flesh white and firm when young, becoming yellowish, then brownish and finally dull purple and powdery.

Microscopic Features: Spores 3.5-7.5 µ; round, spiny or warty to nearly smooth. Capillitial threads 3-7.5 µ wide; thick-walled; minutely pitted.

REFERENCES: (Bosc, 1811) Morgan, 1890. (Coker & Couch, 1928; Smith, 1951; Zeller & Smith, 1964; Ramsey, 1978 / 2003; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Weber & Smith, 1985; Arora, 1986; States, 1990; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Metzler & Metzler, 1992; Horn, Kay & Able, 1993; Evenson, 1997; Barron, 1999; Roody, 2003.) Herb. Kuo 09100401, 09030503.

Meyers, R. (2003, November). Calvatia cyathiformis. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/calvatia_cyathiformis.html


Another fungi capture of the same day as the previous post. Early morning shot with the morning dew on this giant puffball. I have included a bigger one in my yard after the rain HERE. Thanks for viewing.

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Hi Jusni
I havent seen a fungi like this before so TFS. Nicely composed, good colour and sharpness.

Bellissima macro di questa Vescia gigante, fungo comune delle zone temperate, in Italia ha una forma in genere piů arrotondata, ottimo POV, molto buona la niditezza e belle le piccole gocce di pioggia, belli e saturi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-13 2:11]

Hello Jusni, Nice note and nice capture. Natural sorroundings and good composition. Ganesh

I am a little surprised to see a giant puffball with a stalk and if the grass is a good scale these have to be a very small giant puffball :)
Never the less good sharpness and colour.

Hi Jusni,
what a strange mushroom, really looks like ball. Nice composition and good details but little oversaturated colours. Good note.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-13 9:29]

Hi Jusni,

I have never seen such a strange looking mushroom. Excellent pov showing the shape. I was surprised to read that they are edible when young. A very interesting post with good information, colors, and details.


very impressive and unique looking on the fungi!
very good close up with sharpness, nice colour and details
well done and the notes
terima kasih

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-14 3:12]

Hi Jusni,
Wonderful shot of this interesting looking fungi and I like its shape and the natural setting very much. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. The dew drops looks fantastic. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

So many from your part of the world come here to the west coast of the US and pick such as these, BUT caveat that many of ours ARE POISON and I have heard of many folks dying from ingestion....unknowing that they were not the same as say...well last week a couple died...I believe from Laos...but a good lesson on the mechanics and whys of how this mistake can be made from country to country!

Hi Jusni,

Very nice shot of this interesting mushroom, however, it is not a Giant Puffball, Calvatia gigantea. It looks very similar to Calvatia cyathiformis that grows here, I've added a photo of that species to the workshop for your comparison.

The Giant Puffball doesn't have a "stalk" or sterile base like yours does, so that rules it out as being C. gigantea, and also, the Giant Puffball is truly giant, gets much bigger than the one in your workshop photo. I've collected them here with a diameter as large as 24 inches and they get considerably bigger than that.

I don't know if C. cyathiformis occurs in your country, but it certainly does look like that one. As far as I know, all species of Calvatia are edible in their young stage, but as soon as they show even a hint of color on the inside, they are no longer good and may cause gastric upset.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-14 9:38]

WOW!! I've never seen so big a mushroom!! It must be rather notable in your garden. Excellent capture and very interesting.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Another lovely presentation.

hello Jusni

excellent shot of this Fungi, with fine POV and specially DOF,
i love the warm luminosity of your image,
great contrast, sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Jusni,

Great looking Calvatia. Seems like John's ID specification was right, although I didn't find any info on the net (or I wasn't careful enough) this fungus lives in Asia, only North America and Oz (Australia). Which is sure this specie doesn't live in Europe.

Adrian (aes_thor) said the colors are oversaturated to his taste. This was most probably caused by using flash - at least the colors seems like gotten firing flash. By my opinion they aren't bad, but probably a longer exposure in flash off mode would have been a better choice. Fungi are difficult to capture, I know. :) Let me show You what I think, on another Calvatia specie.

Tfs, best wishes, László

Hi Jusni,

Very interesting picture of this fungi. Good composition and POV, sharp details and great colours.



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-17 21:00]

Hello Jusni

Good use of the available light.
Fungi can be difficult to shoot.
Very well focused with sharp detail and good texture.
The low pov works well.


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