Observation 9138: Scleroderma areolatum Ehrenb.

When: 2007-10-14

Collection location: Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Notes: Found on the grounds of a local doctor’s office (Kaiser Permanente), this locally common Scleroderma differs from other Sclerodermas in that it has a very puffball-like appearance, soft texture; soft, fluffy spore mass when mature; gleba at maturity light brown to umber; without noticeable sterile base or thick rhizomorphic attachment. All Sclerodermas should be considered poisonous until proven otherwise. They can concentrate heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Sclerodermas are also widely mycorrhizal, associating with Rhododendron, Walnut, Hazelnut, oak, Douglas fir, Red alder, and a host of other hard- and softwoods, as well as many shrubs. These fungi have vast potential for bioremediation.



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Used references: Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas; The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms; Mushrooms of Northwest North America; Mushrooms of Western North America

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