The rare mushroom known as Golfballia ambusta
prefers to grow in fields of partially mown grass. It can be found throughout the world, but is said to have originated in Scotland. It was first described by R.W.G. Dennis in the Journal of the Kew Guild
, who observed it growing in Lancashire and East Africa. He noted that the most remarkable thing about this fungus was the small, hard fruit bodies it grew, which resembled the spheres "employed by the Caledonians in certain tribal rites, practised at all seasons."
Reference: R.W.G. Dennis. A remarkable new genus of phalloid in Lancashire and East Africa, Journ. Kew Guild. 8, 67 (1962): 181-182.