Observation 28435: Scleroderma Pers.
When: 2009-11-14
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found in sand along the spit at the end of the park. Thought it was a rock until a soft kick from the old boot revealed a distinctly fungal interior. Smelled (and still smells) pleasant.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:40 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Nehalem Bay State Park, Manzanita, Oregon’ to ‘Nehalem Bay State Park, Tillamook Co., Oregon, USA

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Eye3
Recognized by sight
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Eyes3
Recognized by sight: The purple gleba is a dead giveaway!
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Recognized by sight: Without a specimen in hand, impossible to be certain. But soft puffball-like consistency and Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) nearby make this likely. S. cepa is also possible, but has a consistency similar to a superball.

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Soft,
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2009-11-24 00:06:08 PST (-0800)

or at least fleshy. Sturdier than a Calvatia, softer than a conk. And any mycorrhizal association would have to have been shore pine.

Likely Scleroderma cepa
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-11-20 12:25:08 PST (-0800)

due to reddish-staining of the peridium (outer layer/rind). But need more information to be sure: what was the texture of the fungus? Soft or hard? If soft, likely S. areolatum; if hard, S. cepa. Both these species are found in Tillamook County in sandy soils, often associated with either Alnus or Pinus sps.

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