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Common Earthball, aka Pigskin Poison Puffball. Cream to yellow in colour, and leathery appearance with very fine scales. No stems, but attached to the soil by mycelial cord. Growing amongst leaf litter on sandy soil. Largest specimen no bigger than a chicken egg. This small cluster only specimen found. Earthballs are superficially similar to, and considered look-alikes, of the edible puffball, but whereas the Puffball has a single opening on top through which the spores are dispersed, the Earthball just breaks up to release the spores.
Native bushland in the Mt. Coot-tha Forest Reserve. Spotted on the Stringybark Track. Area dry and trees native eucalypts.
Synonyms also used for this species are S. aurantium and S. vulgare.
Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 23, 2014