Which species of earthball (scleroderma) is this?

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Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Which species of earthball (scleroderma) is this?

Post by ScarletMaguire » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:05 pm

I found these earthballs growing today on a pavement in Kingswood, Bristol. My closest guess is the Potato Earthball due to its urban location and the smooth, leathery nature of the peridium of one of the specimens. I have ruled out Common Earthball and Scleroderma Cepa due to the peridium being very thin (no more than 1mm). Unfortunately I do not have a microscope so details of the spores cannot be known. Any identification advice or ideas are welcome. In the photos I have tried to include specimens of different life stages.
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Re: Which species of earthball (scleroderma) is this?

Post by mollisia » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:13 am

Hello,

due to the thin "flesh" between the spore mass and the outer skin, and the non-areolate surface, I suspect this to be Scleroderma bovista.

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Andreas

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Re: Which species of earthball (scleroderma) is this?

Post by ScarletMaguire » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:06 pm

Thanks Andreas, I agree with you!

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