Observation 191186: Scleroderma Pers.
When: 2014-09-05
No herbarium specimen

Notes: -This specimen was associated with the soil, and it was found growing along side a trail with some shrubbery nearby.
-It was the only one to be found at that location.
-There wasn’t a distinctive or unpleasant smell.
-The diameter of the fruiting body was measured to be around 2.5 cm.
-The overall structure of it was dry, but smooth to the touch.
-The fruiting body was mostly roundish in shape.
-The outer surface (peridium) was a medium tan color. Unlike my other identified Schleroderma, this one didn’t have any spotting.
-When the fruiting body was cut in half, it exposed the mostly black gleba. There were some areas of the gleba where it was white colored.
-There wasn’t really a stipe, but the speciment did have one single root that associated the structure with the ground.
-I wasn’t able to obtain a spore print. However, under the microscope it was presumed that the spores would be brownish in color because of the very dark gleba.
-Also, it was presumed that the spores would be roundish and ornamented. (Characteristic of Schleroderma spp.)
-Overall, the structure was very hard.

[Note: A picture of the spores will be posted soon. Also, the uploaded picture is of a dried specimen, NOT fresh.]

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Peridium and gleba exposed (dried specimen)
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Outer surface, exposing the somewhat “pinched” single root
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Gleba, black with some white areas

Proposed Names

54% (1)
Recognized by sight: Hard structure, black gleba
Used references: Mushrooms of the Midwest by Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven
Based on microscopic features: Round ornamented spores
81% (1)
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Recognized by sight

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