Oak Flats, San Mateo Wldns., Orange County, CA. 3-27-16. © Ron Vanderhoff

 

Puffball Fungus

Calvatia pachyderma

Agaricales: Agaricaceae

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Oak Flats, San Mateo Wldns., Orange County, CA. 3-27-16. © Ron Vanderhoff

Oak Flats, San Mateo Wldns., Orange County, CA. 3-27-16. © Ron Vanderhoff

Odd form of fungus with multiple "balls". Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12/4/12. © Joanne Schwartz

Older specimens ejecting spores through break in ball. cm scale. Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12/4/12. © Joanne Schwartz

Older specimens ejecting spores through break in ball. Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12/4/12. © Joanne Schwartz

New ball just emerging from dry soil. Wood Canyon, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County, CA. 12/4/12. © Joanne Schwartz