- Flower nameCalvatia nipponica
- Scientific nameCalvatia nipponica
- Aliasヤブダマ, ヤブタマゴ, キツネノヘダマ, 鬼瘤, Onifusube
- Place of originJapan
- Place of floweringFields and footpaths, Garden
- Flowering seasonJune, July, August, September, October, November
What is Calvatia nipponica
Calvatia nipponica or Onifusubu in Japanese (scientific name: Calvatia nipponica) is a mushroom that is native to Japan and grows to a large size in the genus Nawatake of the Haratake family.
Mysterious white globules appear one day out of the blue in bushes, gardens, and fields, surprising us. The surface of the object is soft and white. This sphere is composed of a skin (shell skin) and a flesh part. The shell skin is composed of three layers, with the outermost layer being a white thin film, the middle a light yellow thick film, and the inner layer a brownish-brown ultra-thin film. When young, the flesh of the mushroom (the basic body) is white, and as it matures, it turns into a spore mass composed of hyphae (mycelial tissue) and basidiospores that emit a liquid. As maturity progresses, the outer skin peels off to expose the spore mass, which emits a foul odor, and the spores are blown away by the wind and settle where they arrive. When all the spores are blown away, the object disappears.
Common name: Calvatia nipponica, or Onifusube, scientific name: Calvatia nipponica, Origin: Japan, Occurrence: summer to autumn, Environment: above ground in paddy fields, bamboo thickets, gardens, fields, etc., Life form: mushroom, Form: ovoid to spherical, Color: white to brown, Object diameter: 20 to 60 cm, Uses: juveniles edible, herbal medicine.