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fungi Giant Puffballs

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Scientific name:  Langermannia gigantea

Size:  Grows up to 160cm in diameter, but more usually up to 50cm across

Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen:  July to October

Habitat:  Fields, hedgerows and woodland

Special features:  Giant Puffballs produce the largest fruit of any fungi.  They're white in colour, ball-shaped and smooth.  They become a yellowy-green colour when old.

An average sized specimen can produce up to 7 billion spores.

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