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Scleroderma areolatum.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Leopard Earthball, Netzbovist, Pikkelyes (leopárd) áltrifla
Scleroderma aerolatum Mushroom
Ref No: 8892
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Scleroderma aerolatum2 Mushroom
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Yellow, Brown
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: Purplish to black
habitat: Grows on the ground

Scleroderma areolatum Ehr. syn. S. lycoperdoides Schwein. Netzbovist Pikkelyes (leopárd) áltrifla Leopard Earthball. Fruit body 1–3(4)cm across, subglobose, tapering into a thick rooting stalk which passes into a few strong mycelial strands, yellowish-brown covered in smooth very dark scales surrounded by a ring giving a dotted, reticulate pattern when the scales have been worn off, opening by an irregular slit or pore. Gleba deep purplish-brown. Spores dark brown, globose, 9–14m in diameter, covered in spines 1.5m long. Habitat damp places on bare ground or amongst sparse grass or moss. Season autumn. Occasional. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe.

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David Booth (United Kingdom) - 20 October 2013

Scleroderma citrinum ?
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Vladimir Makarov (United States) - 05 August 2012

Found in my garden. Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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