Contractions. - Bovi. Bov. Lycoperdon bovista. Nat. ord., Fungi. Synonyms. - Lycoperdon globosum, Bovista nigrescens, Fungus ovatus.
Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 11.
Puff-ball, Molly-puf, Puff-fist. For. names: German, Bauchpilz, Kugelschwamm; French, Boviste, Vesse hup; Italian, Licoperdo; Spanish, Licoperdo.
Habitat. - On dry meadows and downs in most parts of Europe.
Part employed. - The ripe powder.
Characters. - Stemless; a regular globe, with only two coats; smooth, soft and yellowish-white when young, becoming yellow and then brown. Filled with a white cottony substance, which becomes brown, and contains, when ripe, an immense quantity of extremely fine brown-black powder.
Time for collecting. - August and September.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Hartlaub and Trinks, iii.
Proper forms for dispensing. - lx to 3, Trituration only. 4, dilute Tincture only. 5 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.