Observation 139340: Scleroderma laeve Lloyd
When: 2013-07-09
(45.3946° -122.4866° 31m)
Who: pablopaul
No herbarium specimen

Notes: We found about a dozen of these growing in a shady area under a walnut tree where there was also lots of blackberry and knotweed. Smells very strongly, just a generic mushroomy smell; sorry I can’t be more specific. The inside had a meaty texture, but we did not taste it. There were a couple old ones that had cracked open, and they were still fairly solid inside.

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Used references: Kuo’s Scleroderma Key, MushroomExpert.

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I’m glad you didn’t eat it.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-07-10 18:24:15 EDT (-0400)

Sclerodermas should be considered poisonous until proven otherwise. I have friends that ate some in the ’90’s: and regretted it greatly for 10 hours. These aren’t deadly poisonous, probably because they make you vomit and expell violently until your system is completely clean.

In 1996 a pot-bellied pig ate an undisclosed number of these in his backyard, and died. Pig and human physiology are so similar that a similar sized human (110-pounds) would have a likely similar outcome.

Sclerodermas are often mistaken for truffles, although they are typically found above the soil surface, and are dark purple-black or purple-blue on the inside. The thick peridium (outer shell) gives them their common name: Thick-skinned puffball.

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