Observation 107844: Scleroderma texense Berk.
When: 2012-08-30
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I didn’t call it soil, Ehecatl.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-01 21:13:54 PDT (-0700)

It looks parasitized to me.

There is nothing in my single source for data on S. texense that suggests it has a cottony membrame. I quote here from Arora, in Mushrooms Demystified, p. 711, under S. geaster: “Other species: S. texense (=S. furfurellum) is a very similar, thick-skinned species with a scalier (often shingled) exterior and thick-walled hyphae in the peridium; it has a more southerly (tropical and subtropical) distribution but also occurs on the west coast.”

There is nothing in this description about white peridium – something I’m sure David would have included if he knew about it.

S. texense
By: A. Cortés-Pérez (Alonso)
2012-08-31 23:15:08 PDT (-0700)

So these specimens are more whitish than the typical S. texense, all microscopic characteristics consistent with that species. That which you think is the soil, is part of endoperidium, species Sclerangium section is characterized by a cottony or membranaceo endoperidium, p. e. S. bermudense.
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Typical peridium for Mexico?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-08-31 08:28:23 PDT (-0700)

I’ve never seen a white crust on a Scleroderma before, unless it was parasitized. And the gleba appears (just appears) from the photo to be yellowish-brown? Is that correct? Could this be a parasitized specimen?

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