Baggy golovach (Bovistella utriformis) photo and description

Baggy bighead (Bovistella utriformis)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Agaricaceae (Champignon)
  • Genus: Bovistella (Bovistella)
  • Species: Bovistella utriformis (Baggy Golovach)

Other names:

  • Bubble-shaped head

  • Round golovach

  • Sack-shaped head

  • Round head

  • Golovach is belly-shaped

  • Rabbit raincoat

  • Calvatia utriformis

Baggy bighead Calvatia utriformisDescription:

Fruit body: 10 - 15 (20) cm in diameter, round, flattened from above, fine-grained, slightly narrowed towards the base. Young mushroom - light, white, then - grayish-brown, fissured, lumpy-warty. A mature mushroom cracks, breaks at the top, disintegrates, becoming like a wide goblet with ragged, bent edges.

Spore powder chestnut brown

The pulp is at first white, soft with a pleasant mushroom smell, then - olive-brown, brownish


It grows from late May to mid-September (massively from mid-July), on forest edges and glades, in meadows, pastures, on the soil, singly, not often.


Edible mushroom category 4, while the pulp is white, is used as raincoats.


The pulp of the mushroom (gleb) has a rather strong hemostatic effect. In Russia, healers stopped the blood in case of severe cuts, sprinkling the wound with green-brown powder of raincoat spores, then tightly pressed the skin of the mushroom, turned inside out, to the cut. You can store this mushroom "adhesive plaster" for future use, cut into thin slices and use, for example, for cuts while shaving. In the forest, with small bleeding wounds, you can safely apply raincoats, applying them with the inside, sterile side. In addition, calvacin and some other substances contained in the mushroom have anti-tumor properties.