Observation 51654: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2010-08-27

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

45.801894° -77.141082°

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

This scaly puffball was growing in sandy soil in a kind of narrow projection of the sandy, open Zone 51 habitat in between Zones 49 and 50. It was solitary.

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-02 12:33:52 +06 (+0600)

but this Scleroderma does seem to favor sandy habitat.

Of the species you suggested, I’d suspect P. virginiana first
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-09-02 12:02:34 +06 (+0600)

but haven’t really had any experience with any of them, so my suspicions are probably without merit. I know Monterey pine can associate with something similar to S. citrinum on the Oregon coast just north of Cape Lookout. It’s kind of a toss-up whether the host species of Monterey pine or Monterey cypruss, as both are present and nearby. As important as the host species is the habitat: sandy soils (or just sand dunes) seem to be important factors in finding S. citrinum, at least in Oregon. But the only time I have collected what I thought was S. citrinum was in sand dunes with either Lodgepole or Monterey pine, and less often with Monterey cypruss. But I wouldn’t expect any of those species to be in your area.

If species specific, then to what species of Pinus?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-02 11:51:45 +06 (+0600)

Here we have P. strobus, P. resinosa, and P. banksiana, with the former two abundant in most areas and the latter abundant in localized areas and scattered in others. Other Pinus species may also be present, particularly P. virginiana in one or two spots.

I’ve only found S. citrinum with Pinus, and suspect it may be species specific.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-09-02 11:45:41 +06 (+0600)

The presence of Pinus strongly suggests S. citrinum.

Pinus is abundant nearly everywhere I make obses.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-02 01:45:27 +06 (+0600)

This could be S. citrina if not as mature as the ones I usually see, so the outer layer hasn’t gotten deep cracks yet.

Any Pinus nearby?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-09-01 14:13:08 +06 (+0600)

Looks similar to S. citrina.

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