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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

I thought Melanogaster were subbterranian species like truffles... To me it looks like a Scleroderma species, but it could be one of the many other genera of Puffball/Earthballs.

Thanks Vlad i'll upload the id latter

CorduneanuVlad 7 years ago

It's an earth ball, I would say it's a Melanogaster sp., probably Melanogaster tuberiformis but for this you have to brake it in half to see the interior of the mushroom.

Braga, Portugal

Spotted on Nov 28, 2012
Submitted on Dec 20, 2012

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