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Common earth ball

Sclerodermataceae citrinum


Potato shaped ball mushroom with a black fleshy inside.


Often found in dense forests, growing near poison ivy and thorn bushes.


Unlike other mushrooms, instead of relying on wind currents to disperse spores, the common earth ball falls apart allowing the spores to fall onto the ground next to it. This mushroom may often be mistaken as a potato, although this particular mushroom is toxic, it is not poisonous enough to kill, however its poisons may cause runny nose, upset stomach and even conjunctivitis.

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Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

Spotted on Sep 13, 2012
Submitted on Sep 13, 2012

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