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Potato Earthball

Scleroderma bovista


an earthball with a peridium that is firm dry and smooth when young but developing cracks when mature; pale orange-yellow when young and reddish brown at maturity,smooth earthball genus of poisonous fungi having hard-skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles


Spotted in a mix forest of oaks,eucalypthus and pine trees near my house

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gully.moy 7 years ago

Ah, I see. For some reason I mistook the scales for pores and thought it was some exotic Bolete!

I want to say Scleroderma bovista sorry :-)

Thanks again rat.tumour aka lipase,i'll id it as Scleroderma citrinum,because in the place there where several of them in diferent developement stages and even today i saw a few more that would be fastidious to spott again

I'd agree Antonio or say it was an Earthball sp. remains. Someone on mushroomobserver ID'd my similar spotting as an Earthball sp. remains:

Thanks Gully,i think is a puffball sp remains,but not sure

gully.moy 7 years ago

Another weird and wonderful find of which I am clueless!

Braga, Portugal

Spotted on Dec 15, 2012
Submitted on Dec 22, 2012

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