Observation 52388: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2010-09-08

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

45.789806° -77.132134°

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

This pair of large puffballs was in D9C (mixed woods, aspen prevalent). The one I pulled up had quite a mess of rhizines or something underneath, which came up with a fair amount of soil (left puffball in photo, turned on its side). Hide is brown and scaly. I don’t recognize these.

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Recognized by sight: Should have thick peridium. Flat-warted peridium, base a large clump of rhizomorphs, erumpent (epigeous). Scleroderma is one of the easiest mycorrhizal fungi to grow in my experience, and is associated with a wide range of host plants including alder, pine, fir, rhododendron, birch, walnut, chestnut, hazelnut … you get the idea.

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It’s definitely a Scleroderma.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-16 00:03:27 PDT (-0700)

I went back there today and it was still there, so I cut the sucker in half. Purple-black inside, thick peridium, the works. The inside is not entirely homogeneous: a central region shows lighter-and-darker mottling and there’s filaments or something maybe woven in near the base.

Created: 2010-09-08 23:38:11 PDT (-0700)
Last modified: 2010-09-16 00:02:22 PDT (-0700)
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