Lasiosphaera seu Calvatia


The sporophore of Lasiosphaerd fenzlli Reich, Calvatia gigantea (Batsch.ex Pers.) Lloyd arid C lilacina (Mont. et Berk.) Lloyd, family Lycoperdaceae.

L. fenzhi: Nearly spherical, sessile, 5-20 cm in diameter; surface grey-brown, papyraceous, usually broken and separated; sporophore yellow-brown, and gossypine when the exoperidium peeled off. C gigantea: Spherical, larger than the above species, base with short and small stalk; surface white to green, composed of membranous exoperidium and thick endoperidium, green-brown sporophore revealed after the exoperidium peeled off. C hiacina: Oblate or calyciform, 5-12 cm in diameter, with small stalk at the base; Peridium brown, coarsely wrinkled and curved outwards, often peeling off to reveal pmple and gossypine sporophore. These three kinds of puff-balls are light in weight, soft and elastic in texture, with numerous spores stored in the sporophore, which fly out dustily when touched: The three kinds are acrid in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to lung channel.

1. Clear away lung-heat and ease the throat: For sorethroat, cough and aphonia due to lung-heat.
2. Stop bleeding: External use for bleeding from trauma, also for skin ulcer and frostbite.

Pharmacological Action
1. Haemostatic.
2. Its aqueous extract inhibits the growth of cutaneous fungi.

Administration Decoction: 3-6g. External use: Appropriate amount.


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