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Hi Gary or Craig
Kindly assist with the identity of the mushroom in the attached photos. One photo is the mushroom cut open and it has a very strong, dare I say "mushroom" smell.
It is about 7 cm in width. When dry and broken it releases a puff of brownish spores. I Googled similar mushrooms and it looks to be a type of “puffball” mushroom, then again I could be wrong.
Thank You very much.
Renier von Solms
The mushroom in your photos is the Dye-ball Pisolithus arhizus also known as Pisolithus tinctorius. Common throughout South Africa. Usually found under, or in the vicinity of eucalyptus trees. Purple dye can be extracted from the tip region and a yellow dye is derived from the base of the dye-ball. Both these dyes were used by early settlers for dying cloth.
This fungus is know in Australia as the horse dung fungus. In Europe, it is known as the Bohemian truffle. Some gardeners use it as a mix in soil for root stimulation because of it's Mycorrhizae properties.
Thank you for entrusting us with this identification.
Gary & Craig