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

synonyms: Braunwarziger Kartoffelbovist, Scaly Earthball, Scléroderme verruqueux
Scleroderma verrucosum Mushroom
Ref No: 8899
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location: Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Yellow, Brown
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
spore colour: Light to dark brown
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Scleroderma verrucosum (Bull.) Pers. Braunwarziger Kartoffelbovist Scléroderme verruqueux, Scaly Earthball. Fruit body 2.5–5cm across, subglobose often flattened on top, tapering into a long, thick stem-like base which is usually prominently ribbed, yellowish to brown covered in small brownish scales, the thin leathery wall breaking open irregularly above when mature. Gleba olive-brown. Spores dark brown, globose covered in spines or warts, 10–14um in diameter. Habitat on sandy soil in woods or heaths. Season summer to late autumn. Occasional. Not edible. Found In Europe.

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sarah cooke (United Kingdom) - 01 September 2011

I ate one of these yesterday - I thought it was a baby boltetus as it was growing in close proximity and had the same colourings. DON'T EVER DO WHAT I DID!! I was very poorly due to the fact that I wasn't sick and it was about 8 hrs of feeling dizzy and faint - I did pass out after 1 1/2 hours with a disastrous toilet catastrophy. I suffered from toxic shock and my bloodpressure dropped throught the floor. My eating partner was violently sick after 1 1/2 hours and recovered quite quickly. Feeling wobbly and weak today but hey, at least I'm alive!
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