Observation 11629: Scleroderma areolatum Ehrenb.
When: 2008-09-27
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Collection will be sent to the OSU Herbarium at Corvallis, OR. This is a good representation of the various permutations of Scleroderma areolatum, from youth to age, including most of the color variations that are contained therein. All were collected in a single square food of bark-mulched ground, probably growing in symbiotic association with Quercus palustra, which reaches heights of approximately 80 feet nearby. The fungus starts out hypogeous (the whitest specimens, sometimes with little or no reddening of the peridium where cut); becoming light violet, quickly turning purplish, and finally becoming powdering brown when mature. In the stages between violet to brown, the peridium quickly stains reddish or pinkish where cut or brushed, as seen in these photos. Will try to keep all of them with the same observation, where they belong. Sclerodermas must be considered poisonous until proven beyond the shadow of a doubt otherwise. They are known to concentrate heavy metals, and may become useful in bioremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals. That is what a portion of this collection is destined for, I think. (I hope.)

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