Observation 112365: Sclerodermataceae

When: 2012-10-04

Collection location: Loudoun Co., Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: L.M.M (GlowShell)

No specimen available

Found this on campus near a drainpipe.


A different one, but of the same species, I think.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: Deeply cracked cap is one way some Sclerodermas disperse their spores. This could either be a single sporocarp splitting stellately (like a star burst); or multiple Sclerodermas growing in close proximity to each other and sharing, possibly, a common base. Really need to see the base.

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When you find more,
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-10-05 14:52:39 CDT (-0400)

(and you will, now that you know what you are looking at) slice them in half through the base if present. Getting at least part of the base is important, because several species of Sclerodermataceae stain, especially near the base.

DON’T put them in plastic bags, though. This concentrates the residual water still in the sporocarp, and makes them degrade much faster.

In response to Daniel B. Wheeler,
By: L.M.M (GlowShell)
2012-10-05 08:09:12 CDT (-0400)

I DID find them close to trees, actually, barely a few feet away from the apparent Scleroderma Citrinum.

How I wish my library had books on Mycology! If I had known (or thought to do so in this case), I would’ve brought the specimens home in a plastic bag for further study!

These were rather flat, so if I find a few more, should I cut them horizontally or vertically?

If still available,
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-10-05 05:46:41 CDT (-0400)

may want to collect either specimen and post another photo of the sectioned sporocarp. This looks to me like a Scleroderma, but need to see the interior for confirmation. If Scleroderma, then not Boletaceae. Also if Scleroderma, would have to have a mycorrhizal host (tree or shrub) nearby. These could be 30-150 feet distant from the fruiting bodies themselves.