Bovista spp. (Puffballs)

Last Modified: 16-4-2019 12:03


Bovista are a common genus of small puffball fungi found growing on soil. They are widely distributed throughout New Zealand. The immature fruiting bodies are white, however they become brown on maturity. Size can range from about 20-30mm. Bovista tend to be associated with grasslands, and can be commonly found growing in lawns and pastures. Although theoretically edible, Bovista lack flavour, and are not normally eaten.

This example was observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.

Location: Latitude: -41.557789 Longitude: 173.971420"

Image Date: 25/3/2018

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

Web Links


Support Marlborough Online

Like what you're reading?

Marlborough Online is an independent web publication, and receives no financial support from any media or tourism organisation or Marlborough District Council. You can show your support and help keep Marlborough Online as a patron for a small monthly subscription from as little as $1 USD per month. (Patreon only operates in US dollars unfortunately.) You can also check out our shop for Marlborough themed products.

If you're a Marlborough based business, looking for a website, images or copywriting, you can contract us via our parent business Create IT