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Golfballia ambusta
image 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.
yumm shroooms
Posted by Mr. Smith of Ft. Walton  in  Panhandle of Florida  on  Tue Oct 24, 2006  at  01:07 AM
fungus amongus
grows wild in green Scottish glens
Tiger twacks them far!
Posted by #1F  in  NNVA  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  09:10 PM
Strange Scottish fungus
Mistaken for a golf ball
Yes!a hole in one!
Posted by J  on  Sat Nov 25, 2006  at  02:52 AM
I do remember something that sounds similar to this in the north of England as a child, growing in wood land and grassy areas, although they didn't really look like golf balls they where round and a similar size. We did call them golf balls or puf balls as when you spomped on on it popes with a cloud of spores. Maybe that is where the idea came from.
Posted by Elmo Jaxson  in  England  on  Tue Dec 16, 2014  at  07:43 AM
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