Giant puffball

26th September 2005, Monday

The other day I came across a giant puffball, Langermannia gigantea, (or Calvatia gigantea)in a garden off Magdalen Road in St Leonards (see picture below taken by Owen Saward).
I was surprised to find that the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre appears to have no previous records of this fungus from East or West Sussex, though I have certainly seen this species from time to time over the years.
The specimen here was still young, with no trace of brown spores inside and, as the picture shows, much appreciated by the local slugs.
Giant puffball, St Leonards