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Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
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Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)

Desert Shaggy Mane Mushrooms (Podaxis pistillaris) are upright, hard-shelled, puff-ball type mushrooms (they do not have gills or a toad-stool top). These mushrooms often appear in the desert after heavy rains. When growing, the exterior is white and leathery. When ripe, they turn dark and the hard shell splits open, exposing the spores to winds that disperse them widely.

Taxonomy: Kingdom: Fungi; Class: Agaricomycetes; Order: Agaricales; Family: Agaricaceae. Synonyms: Lycoperdon pistillare and Scleroderma pistillare.

Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)
Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris) Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Podaxis pistillaris)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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