Observation 4516: Scleroderma areolatum Ehrenb.
When: 2007-10-24
No herbarium specimen

GEN small puffball, sev scattered closely in lawn near live oak
CAP: 30mm round, sterile base ~25×13mm, skin (golden tan, smooth, densely covered with dark brown angular patches on the order of 0.2mm wide, ~0.1-0.2mm thin), apical pore
FLESH: whitish but staining rufescent
SPORE: mass (powdery, capillitium present? hyphae non-septate but “eroded” or textured in general, 3-4um thick), dull brown, v spiny, v hydrophobic, 11.5-14um, spines ~1.5um long
NOTES: More notes here.

I thought for sure this was Lycoperdon but Nathan suggested Scleroderma, and I’m forced to agree with him. It keys to S. areolatum in Demystifying, for whatever that’s worth…

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Red stain suggests Scleroderma to me…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-10-26 08:39:50 PDT (-0700)

Also the color of the peridium and the rooting base. The peridium is on the thin side, but it is an older specimen.

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