Observation 10844: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2008-09-10

Collection location: Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: jeff (jkass7)

No specimen available

This was found on the edge of a slightly moist clay gravel side of the road. There were several in the same area in different stages of growth. one that had been scuffed was definitely orangey in its remains. They were above ground, and firm to the touch. No stem at all, and when cut open had a geode appearance with purplish/black and small white veins. They have an odor which is hard to define, somewhat chemical.


the hyphae are small @ the base
the interiors were dark purple
note the fine warty texture

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: These are definately NOT Geopora (do a search for Geopora on this website). This is the poisonous Scleroderma cepa, a rather hard puffball, starting out white, but sometimes with a reddish halo near the purple gleba or near the peridium. Should be hard/firm. A 110-pound pot-bellied pig in Vancouver, WA died after eating an unknown quantity of these in his backyard. Pig and human physiology being similar, it is presumed a human consuming the same amount would die also.

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By: jeff (jkass7)
2008-09-10 14:49:13 PDT (-0700)

thanks all. definitey scleroderma cepa..had never seen one before so appreciate your expertise. Won’t be having these for dinner…lol

Why not Scleroderma?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-09-10 13:47:35 PDT (-0700)

Why do you say these are Geopora and not Scleroderma?

Created: 2008-09-10 13:38:38 PDT (-0700)
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