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I know it's not active :-) I've heard it called the "desert stalked puffball" tho it's not a true puffball, i don't think. I found a few a coupla days ago. Had never seen them before, and looking around on the internet i've found a lot of references to it in studies from other countries, calling it rare, endangered, extinct, etc. As far as I can tell, it may be rare, but i hear it grows along the west coast, and i've heard of other sightings around here (SW new mexico). anybody else seen this mushroom or know much about its range, how common it is, etc?
All I could find was one image- apparently is edible, from the bits of crap I weeded thorugh. Also connected with the word endangered more than once so I could see that holding water. Weren't listed in my three reference guides anywhere. Maybe someone with a book on mushrooms specific to that area will hit you with something, but I sure couldn't find anything on it. Couple of foreign language websites.
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I've got it in the audubon society field guide to north american mushrooms, but it doesn't say much about it, or even anything about its edibility. From what i've read it's not reported as edible or poisonous, but is so woody and tough that you couldn't eat it if you tried... i tried to break the stalk (which was about 8" long) but it was so tought and woody i couldn't break it. I did accidentally inhale a lungful of spores, eww. Any west coast folks seen this one?