When: 2009-07-13

Collection location: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

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Pisolithus arrhizus
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-07-15 16:55:54 PDT (-0700)

Dye-maker’s Puffball, widely mycorrhizal, especially in poor soil conditions; loculate, locules forming pea-shaped peridioles, which rupture in age, releasing interior brown spores in mass. The spores are known to stain hands, clothing, wood, paper, etc. It is interesting to slice these through the center of the sporocarp (if you have a large enough, sharp enough knife) to expose the purplish-black base, which differentiates toward the top into peridioles and finally the exposed spores, which are released to the air and washed away by rainfall.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-07-14 15:25:22 PDT (-0700)

good possibility, it was very hard to detach from the ground, I was curious if it may have had a deeper taproot.