False Shaggy Mane (Podaxis pistillaris)
Often thought of as a 'stalked puffball', this fungus, known as the False Shaggy
Mane is not closely related to
With it distinctive appearance, the fungus is commonly found in deserts and
arid regions of Australia.2
It can be found growing up to 15 cm high, made up of a woody stem (about 2-5
cm) and large, long shaped cap,
that protects the blackish tissue, bearing the spores.
The cap varies in colour from white to yellow-brown or tan colour. The outer
skin typically breaks into a shaggy fibrils.