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synonyms: Stalked Puffball-in-aspic
Calostoma cinnabaria Mushroom
Ref No: 7366
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location: North America
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
flesh: Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Stalked Puffball-in-aspic Calostoma cinnabarina Desv.Stalked Puffball-in-aspic. Fruit body a round, bright red spore sac, covered with a thick clear jelly and raised up on a spongy red stem. Spore sac has an outer wall which splits apart, leaving bright red fragments in the jelly at the base of the fungus; the inner spore sac is pale yellow dusted with a bright red powdery coating, 1-2cm across with a bright cinnabar-red apical opening in the shape of a cross. Protruding from the ground at first, it will slowly be raised up on a sponge-like short stem, 15-30 x 10-15mm, pale cinnabar red. Spores elliptical, pitted, creamy yellow, 14-20 x 6-9. Habitat on soil, especially stream banks, pathsides. Found throughout eastern and southeastern North America. Season April-May, September-October. Edibility not known. Comment This remarkable species is very easily distinguished, looking rather like a small red tomato surrounded by jelly and red pips.

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David Chambers (United States) - 21 August 2013

aspic puffballs proliferated between the triple and high falls at dupont state park near asheville, north carolina, during mid-august 2013
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Eddie Sprouse (United States) - 15 August 2013

I found these on the trail between High Falls and Triple falls in the Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC.
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Jesse Cecil (United States) - 20 February 2012

Found this in a mixed hemlock grove near Cooper's Rock WV. High altitude, but low down the slope, near a stream.
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Paul McHugh (United States) - 25 October 2009

October Lincoln Massachusetts
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