Calostoma cinnabarinum

Common Names: Prettymouth puffball, stalked puffball-in-aspic, gelatinous stalked-puffball
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Puffballs

At first appearing like a raised gelatinous egg or lump, with a translucent outer layer and a red inner layer; later appearing like a smooth or dusted pinkish to red balloon with a central pore, raised on a shaggy reddish to reddish brown stem that is surrounded by the deciduous, gelatinous material (often containing reddish chunks, as in the illustrations); finally appearing like a pinkish to reddish, perforated balloon about 2 cm across, atop a shaggy or even coarsely reticulate stem that is 2 to 4 cm long and 1 to 2 cm thick. The spore mass within the ball is white, becoming buff or yellowish at maturity.

Mycorrhizal with oaks; growing alone or gregariously, often in moss beds or in low-lying, wet areas; spring through fall; apparently more common at higher elevations within its range.

Edible Notes: Not edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.