Observation 20900: “Gasteromycetes” Fr.

This puffball specimen is the first I have seen that is completely black, except for the unusual underside which was yellow. I think the flat sections radiating out from the puffball were the original outer layer. When I removed the specimen from the soil you could see that there was a white area that I presume was the root system. I thought the specimen may have been a brown puffball that was badly deteriorated, but when I cut the ball in half it was really moist and stuck to the knife. It did not smell. The ball was firm to cut but not hard. The second image shows the underside. The third image shows the ball cut and in the centre there is a small white section which I presume is some part of the growth centre.I found the puffball at the base of a eucalypt tree, that was in an open grassed area consisting of sandy loam.

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Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
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Thanks Irene

Not the same
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-05-10 06:49:26 -03 (-0300)

Scleroderma sp sounds fine for 20390. No columella inside that one, not the same as this obs.

looked at the link

Thanks for the link info Irene. Yes the shape and characteristics are similar. As a matter of interest I would like your comment about this specimen being similar to “file 20390” Scleroderma.sp esp. image 42669 I returned to get the latter images after first finding the fungi in the unopened state. The centre of this fungi was black, also.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-05-09 11:47:04 -03 (-0300)

Could it be a Trichaster or another relative to this:
Not this particular species though, I think it has a larger columella than the one you cut through.

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