Observation 112363: Calvatia Fr.
When: 2012-10-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found this (along with many others) on campus, and I think it’s some kind of puffball. It didn’t seem to have a stalk, even after I flipped it out of curiosity.

It smells very strong when it’s cut… rather like fermented onions and grass, for lack of a better comparison.

Images

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The ’shroom before I turned it upside-down.
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’Shroom, upside-down.
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The same ’shroom as shown in the first image, though when I found it on campus, it had been mowed over.
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Found this one in my garden. Same species, I believe, since its innards are white.
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The one I found in my garden, sliced in half. No purple.

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Scleroderma citrinum sometmes called
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-10-05 02:51:09 PDT (-0700)

Pigskin Poison Puffball. Need to have photo of cut sporocarp through the base to prove that, although several people seem sure of their identification. If S. citrinum, then the interior will be very firm. The interior will be purplish: probably not a color you are expecting to find.

Sclerodermas are poisonous, but only mildly so. Wash your hands after handling them. DO NOT EAT THEM!

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