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is a poisonous puffball, GhostBurglar. It is a common fungus, and locally grows especially well after we have temperatures exceeding 80 degrees F. It is a widely mycorrhizal species, associating with oak, pine, Douglas-fir, alder, birch, many hardwoods, and some shrubs.
While it has been labelled edible, a 110-pound pot-bellied pig died in Vancouver, WA after eating an unknown number of Sclerodermas in its back yard. Pig and human physiology being similar, it is recommended that NO Sclerodermas be consumed.
Scleroderma may have application in bioremediation for certain biotoxins.
An additional feature not shown in your photographs is the thickness of the peridium and the base, which can easily be shown by sliding the fungus through the top and base. This might also allow identification of the collection to species.
Right now, this is not possible. But in my opinion this could be Scleroderma texense.
Created: 2015-05-26 18:25:28 PDT (-0700)
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