Observation 71296: Scleroderma Pers.

When: 2011-07-09

Collection location: Folsom, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Byrain

Specimen available

Found in a heavily irrigated micro-climate growing from woodchips, was hard to pick without pulling up lots of rhizomorphic mycelium.



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Possibly S. laeve
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-07-12 11:46:15 CST (+0800)

but at this stage, that’s just a guess, based on the pinkish-staining base, the strong rhizomorphic root attachment, and the cracked-appearance of the peridium. The fungus really is too immature to make a better guess IMO. The peridium looks way too thin for S. laeve, and there should be much more marbling.

The good news is the season is just starting for Scleroderma, and you should expect many more collections before they end. Hopefully, you will be able to find additional collections.

They were solid.
By: Byrain
2011-07-12 10:03:57 CST (+0800)
Slight pinkish tint at sterile base, thin peridium.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-07-12 08:15:43 CST (+0800)

Do you remember whether this collection was solid or marshmallow-like in texture?

By: Byrain
2011-07-12 03:15:24 CST (+0800)

Was near to redwood, cottonwood, a few oak species, and some some ornamental trees I am not familiar with. This was also fruiting in close proximity to another Scleroderma, observation 71297. I also wasn’t able to produce a reaction with NaOH (Or it was subtle and I missed it).

And thanks Matt.

Love that purple!
By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-07-11 23:51:04 CST (+0800)


By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-07-11 23:46:50 CST (+0800)

Do you remember what trees/shrubs were growing nearby? Scleroderma is very widely mycorrhizal, forming mycorrhiza with alder, walnut, rhododendron, Douglas-fir, birch, hazel nut, and a host of other species. One of the reasons it is so widespread.

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