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

synonyms: Common Earthball, Kartoffelbovist, Rőt áltrifla, közönséges áltrifla, Scléroderme orangé, Scléroderme vulgaire
Scleroderma citrinum Mushroom
Ref No: 8895
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Scleroderma citrinum2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8896
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Scleroderma citrinum3 Mushroom
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Yellow
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: Purplish to black
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Scleroderma citrinum Pers. syn. S. aurantium (Vaill.) Pers. syn. S. vulgare Horn. Common Earthball, cléroderme vulgaire, Scléroderme orangé, Kartoffelbovist, Rőt (közönséges) áltrifla, Scleroderma commune, tartufo falso, Aardappelbovist. Fruit body 2–10cm across, subglobose, attached to the substrate by cord-like mycelial threads, wall dirty yellow to ochre-brown, thick and tough, coarsely scaly, breaking open irregularly to liberate the spores. Gleba purplish-black at first patterned by whitish veins, powdery when mature. Spores brown, globose, with a net-like ornamentation, 9–13m in diameter. Habitat on mossy or peaty ground on heaths or in rich woodland, especially on sandy soil. Season late summer to early winter. Common. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe.
This species is sometimes parasitized by Boletus parasiticus.

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Kristina Trott (United States) - 03 March 2015

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Traveler Sandro da Silva (Brazil) - 17 January 2015

Found inside a Pine Tree plantation, at San Jose City, Santa Catarina State, Brazil. Location: South, Lat: -27.591918, Long. -48.628401
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Andrew Block (United States) - 11 December 2012

Taken at Robinson Pond, Copake, Columbia Co., N.Y., on 29 September 2012.
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 June 2012

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jesse williams (United States) - 05 September 2011

found wellesley island NY, USA, 9/3/2011
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Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 27 October 2010

Photographed in Piper's Hill Wood, Worcestershire. Alternative specific name S aurantium.
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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 08 April 2010

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Andrew Gray (United States) - 24 August 2009

Found at Alloway , Ayrshire , Scotland.
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 11 May 2009

Hungarian names, Közönséges áltrifla, Röt áltrifla
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

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