Desert Shaggy Man


Desert Shaggy Man

Desert Shaggy Mane Mushroom


Desert Shaggy Man Mushroom



Podaxis pistillaris, also known as the desert shaggy mane, is native to the desert regions of North America, Mexico, India as well as Australia. The desert tribes of Australia used it to darken white hair, body painting, as well as a fly repellent. Both fresh and dried mushrooms can be used medicinally. It is thought to be beneficial in treating wounds as well and skin diseases.*

Podaxis pistillaris grows to be about 15 cm high with a hard and woody stem. The cap is white and darkens to a tan or brown color as it ages. The spores are black and are what was used as ink for body painting or darkening hair. It tends to grow alone and prefers sandy areas.

Desert Shaggy Mane Mushrooms (Podaxis pistillaris) are upright, hard-shelled, puff-ball type mushrooms (they do not have gills or a toad-stool top). These mushrooms often appear in the desert after heavy rains. When growing, the exterior is white and leathery. When ripe, they turn dark and the hard shell splits open, exposing the spores to winds that disperse them widely.

Taxonomy: Kingdom: Fungi; Class: Agaricomycetes; Order: Agaricales; Family: Agaricaceae. Synonyms: Lycoperdon pistillare and Scleroderma pistillare.