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Pisolithus arhizus [1] is a widespread earth-ball like fungus, which may in fact be several closely related species. Common names include dead man's foot and dyeball.[2] It is known in Australia as the horse dung fungus, in South Africa as perdebal, and in Europe as the Bohemian truffle. This puffball's black viscous gel is used as a natural dye for clothes.[3] Pisolithus arhizus is a major component in mycorrhizal fungus mixtures that are used in gardening as powerful root stimulators.[4]

Pisolithus arhizus
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P. arhizus
Binomial name
Pisolithus arhizus
(Scop.) Rauschert (1959)
Synonyms
  • Lycoperdon arrizon Scop. (1786)
  • Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker & Couch (1928)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pisolithus arhizus (Scop.) Rauschert". Index Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  2. ^ Wood, Michael; Stevens, Fred. "California Fungi: Pisolithus arhizus". MycoWeb.com. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  3. ^ Roberts P, Evans S. (2011). The Book of Fungi. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. p. 525. ISBN 978-0-226-72117-0.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kuo M, Methven A. (2010). 100 Cool Mushrooms. University of Michigan Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-472-03417-0.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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