One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European fungus that produces a spherical white fruiting body with a diameter of up to 32 inches (80 cm), edible when young.
Langermannia gigantea, family Lycoperdaceae, class Gasteromycetes
- ‘Leaving the cliffs was a wrench, but the way back through the hinterland was pleasant if relatively plain, a bridge over the abandoned railway line, decent farms, a giant puffball, good track, a quiet lane, no complaints.’
- ‘Neil Pullen, the Swindon wildlife officer for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, confirmed that the fungi were giant puffballs.’
- ‘He said: ‘It sounds like a giant puffball to me, which can make very good eating for a lot of people if it is in good condition.’’
- ‘A spokesman said what Mrs Crowe had discovered was a giant puffball which, he said, were not all that uncommon.’
- ‘Fungi vary in size from single-cell micro-organisms, too small to be seen by the naked eye, to the giant puffball.’
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