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Mycologists find a giant puffball in a cellar of a house in Pardaugava

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough it is winter outside, and a particularly snowy one at that, mycologists of Latvian Museum of Natural History continue providing consultations about fungi and their ability to appear in the most unusual places. With that, mycologists have recently found a Langermannia gigantean, commonly known as giant puffball, in the cellar of some house in Pardaugava.

Mycologist Inita Deniele received a call from a house manager in Pardaugava in the first days of January. She was asked to provide some information about fungi that were found in the cellar of the building. Although this may appear odd, a giant puffball was found in the cellar of the building, which was used as firewood shed some time ago.

Inita Daniele comments: «The specimen found in Pardaugava is not particularly big and heavy. Nevertheless, it has somehow managed to reach 35 cm in width and 25 cm in height despite the cold weather.»

The giant puffball (Langermannia gigantea) the largest type of puffball in the world. They usually grow on edges of forests, glades, meadows, bushes, pastures in summer and autumn. Its upper body is usually white with a smooth skin. They usually grow up to 20-25 cm in diameter. Some specimens have been known to reach a size of up to 1 m and weight up to 10 kg.

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