Observation 25968: Scleroderma cepa group


[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:50 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Grassy strip adjacent to mixed Woodland, Motel Row, Belmont, NC’ to ‘Grassy strip adjacent to mixed woodland, Motel Row, Belmont, North Carolina, USA’


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Recognized by sight: hard and heavy in the hand, thick, smooth skin with secondary cracking, purplish black dense gleba.

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there were plenty of trees and shrubs nearby.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-10-02 08:09:32 PDT (-0700)
rubbing the bottom and poisonings…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-10-02 07:55:53 PDT (-0700)

The underside of this species (when fresh) will turn wine-red if rubbed with the thumb. There is one case in the literature of a teenager mowing a lawn who popped one or more of these raw and suffered a whole body paralysis lasting less than an hour. He could not be folded to be put in the car to be taken to the hospital. Apparently recovery was complete.

This species occurs often in my lawn. The only nearby mycorrhizal tree is a pin oak. However, I’ve never tried to trace the mycelium.


S. cepa always mycorrhizal
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-02 07:05:13 PDT (-0700)

any nearby trees/shrubs?