Observation 21726: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2009-06-04

Collection location: Neary’s Lagoon, Santa Cruz, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

No specimen available

The mature spores were purple/red on my knife or reddish-brown on my shoe/pant-cuff, the knife I used to cut it in half stained like dried blood, I didnt realize until a friend asked if I had stabbed someone

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Recognized by sight: kinda large for bovista, but quite similar
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Eye3 Eyes3
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Spore color
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-06-09 12:53:40 CDT (-0400)

Purplish-grey = Scleroderma. Lycoperdon and allies have brown spores.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-06-09 12:50:59 CDT (-0400)

what my post meant was that I read Scleroderma as being a “yellow puffball”, but also that some edible ones (insert different genus here) can get yellow with age.
these were pretty old based on the insides so I wasnt sure of the genus as I rarely encounter puffballs.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-06-09 12:15:11 CDT (-0400)

Didn’t mean to suggest that you were going to eat this. But your earlier post suggested some Scleroderma were edible. I think it’s clear that all Scleroderma should be considered poisonous until proven otherwise.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-06-06 22:54:02 CDT (-0400)

I dont really have plans on eating it, I would gag on the spores, and it doesnt smell appetizing.

Scleroderma POISONOUS/inedible
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-06-06 22:38:43 CDT (-0400)

Scleroderma has been linked to the death of a 120-lb. pot-bellied pig in Vancouver, Washington, after it consumed an unknown quantity of Sclerodermas in its backyard. Dr. James Trappe has stated that all Sclerodermas should be considered poisonous until proven beyond the shadow of a doubt otherwise. Pig and human physiology are so similar that no one should taste it.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-06-06 16:40:49 CDT (-0400)

It didnt rain too hard, ill go back and collect a spore sample, I tried viewing some off my knife but they didnt show up, ill get a better collection and post the microscopy here.
no graticule or micrometer here so I didnt know size, shape should help from what im reading.

thanks for the help guys, I read on scleroderma for being a yellow skinned puffball, but some edible ones get yellow with age as well as I thought ide throw it up there.

Possibly Scleroderma areolatum …
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-06-06 13:35:26 CDT (-0400)

Provided the gleba was relatively soft and powdery. The peridium looks cracked to my eye.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-06-05 16:48:07 CDT (-0400)

…thick skin with yellow coloration.

Created: 2009-06-05 15:32:14 CDT (-0400)
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