Observation 111112: Scleroderma areolatum Ehrenb.
When: 2012-09-24
No herbarium specimen

Proposed Names

-13% (4)
Recognized by sight
61% (2)
Recognized by sight
77% (2)
Recognized by sight: Veligasters turned out to be S. areolatum…
Based on microscopic features: Spore shape / ornamentation matches

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-09-25 14:10:58 PDT (-0700)

En esta ultima foto, el objeto a la izquierda de donde sale el hongo, es una gran raiz. Se encontraron numerosos especimenes de este hongo bajo este arbol, no identificado.

To Alan:
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-25 12:37:36 PDT (-0700)

All Sclerodermas are mycorrhizal; all Lycoperdon saprophitic (I think).l

By: Eduardo A. Esquivel Rios (Eduardo27)
2012-09-25 11:57:46 PDT (-0700)

En el suelo, pero siempre asociado a raices superficiales.

To Eduardo:
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-25 08:32:09 PDT (-0700)


I agree, Danny.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-25 08:29:34 PDT (-0700)

There is much about this obs. to recommnd Scleroderma. But there is just as much that says Lycoperdon. Ironically, it’s the same things.

Ropey rhizomorphs at base.
Relatively thick peridium.
Spores rounded.
Spore color.

I think this is growing on wood equals lignicolous, which would tend to be a point in favor of Lycoperdon for my area. But this is from Panama, and I have never been there.

I just noticed a portion of the exoperidium which appears to be either sluffing off or have been torn off. I don’t think Scleroderma does that, with the exception of S. bovista.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-24 22:55:52 PDT (-0700)

think Veligaster, with regard to the size of the base. I’d propose this name, but IF lists it as deprecated.

Need size of sporocarp and thickness of peridium, Eduardo.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-24 22:48:31 PDT (-0700)

You’ve already received 2 good suggestions: Lycoperdon and Scleroderma. The sterile base is too well developed for me to suggest Scleroderma personally. But I have little experience with fungi in your area. The spores could be either. The first photo appears to show additional sporocarps forming in close association with the rhizomorphs – a trait also common among both Lycoperdon and Scleroderma. Both species can have thin peridiums. So we’re left with the physical width of the peridium and the sporocarp, which is not obvious in the photos.

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