Observation 9592: Scleroderma areolatum Ehrenb.
When: 2003-09-03
No herbarium specimen

Notes: A fruiting of Scleroderma areolatum in situ and uncovered in a recently applied layer of humus. Note that the fungi are completely covered in the first photo, and uncovered in the second. This can be doubly confusing, as the hypogeous (underground) Scleroderma is also found locally, but with Douglas fir. This Scleroderma is associated with Quercus palustra at a local doctor’s office. S. areolatum has a tough outer peridium, but when mature has a light pink/brown powdery mass of spores inside. Eventually the peridium will erode away, exposing the gleba to rainfall and dispersal by wind.

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