Observation 55756: Scleroderma cepa Pers.

Displayed at the 2010 Oregon Mycological Show. This specimen was provided by an interested attendee of the show, and displayed at the truffle table to illustrate not all fungi that look like truffles are, in fact, truffles. Scleroderma cepa has been implicated in the death in 1994 of a 110-pound pot-bellied pig in Vancouver, Washington, and should therefore NEVER BE EATEN!


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Recognized by sight: A very tough, thick-skinned poisonous puffball (Scleroderma means thick-skinned) with a very hard gleba reminiscent of a superball. Widely mycorrhizal, and one of the easier species to cultivate. Apparently few are interested in cultivation of this species because of its toxicity. I have grown it at several locations, including in my backyard with mycorrhizal association with Quercus palustra and Italian spruce-pine.

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