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but at this stage, that’s just a guess, based on the pinkish-staining base, the strong rhizomorphic root attachment, and the cracked-appearance of the peridium. The fungus really is too immature to make a better guess IMO. The peridium looks way too thin for S. laeve, and there should be much more marbling.
The good news is the season is just starting for Scleroderma, and you should expect many more collections before they end. Hopefully, you will be able to find additional collections.
Do you remember whether this collection was solid or marshmallow-like in texture?
Was near to redwood, cottonwood, a few oak species, and some some ornamental trees I am not familiar with. This was also fruiting in close proximity to another Scleroderma, observation 71297. I also wasn’t able to produce a reaction with NaOH (Or it was subtle and I missed it).
And thanks Matt.
Do you remember what trees/shrubs were growing nearby? Scleroderma is very widely mycorrhizal, forming mycorrhiza with alder, walnut, rhododendron, Douglas-fir, birch, hazel nut, and a host of other species. One of the reasons it is so widespread.
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