Collection location: Southeast Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]
I was hoping to find these somewhere nearby, but was somewhat overwhelmed to find so many of them associated with a much greater variety of trees than I have seen before. Found with Quercus palustra, Abies concolor, and paper birch (don’t know scientific name for this one). Most were still quite young, probably starting to grow within the last week or so. But literally hundreds of sporocarps visible.
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Almost all Sclerodermas has either columellas or rudimentary mycelial knots. Some of these even have color changes which can be indicative of species type. The worst/easiest to identify, though, is Scleroderma hypogaeum, which generally fruits underground. East to identify, because it is not visible. Hard to find because … it’s underground. Worse, it can be fruiting very close to esteemed truffles, as at Paul Bishop’s Jones Creek Tree Farm!
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