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Scleroderma citrinum 

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

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Scleroderma citrinum
[Earthball] 

Scleroderma citrinum is also known as the “Common Earthball”  (also written as “Common Earth Ball”) and the “Pigskin Poison Puffball”.  To distinquish them from other puffballs, some mycologists call Scleroderma fungi “earthballs”.  

S. citrinum has a hard rind.  The internal spore mass is at first white, but then turns from dark purple to purple-black.  While common puffballs have a single opening through which spores are released, the Earthball ruptures completely to release its spores.  

S. citrinum has no stem, but is instead attached to the soil by “mycelial” cords.  The outer wall, called the “peridium” is thick, usually a brownish-yellow colour and has a “wart-like” appearance that may appear to have a mosaic pattern.

This common and wide spread species fruits in mossy areas on well-rotted wood.  Typical sizes are 2-10 cm in width with a rounded shape.  It can be found growing alone or in groups.  This species is poisonous.

Exposure to the spores have been known to cause eye tearing and conjunctivitis, and an inflammation of the nasal passages.

The images below were taken in July at New York State's Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes region.  They were growing in the very rich soils of the ridge trail where one can find an abundance of decaying plant matter.

 

Scleroderma citrinum Earthball Pigskin Poinson Puffball

Earthball - 1
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Scleroderma citrinum brown round fungus

Earthball - 2
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Three brown Earthballs

Earthball - 3
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Brown Earthball round warts mosaic pattern

Earthball - 4
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Round sphere brown speckled fungus Earthball

Earthball - 5
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Hand holding Earthball fungus

Earthball - 6
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Scleroderma citrinum on hand

Earthball - 7
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Earthball roots

Earthball - 8
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Earthball mycelia roots

Earthball - 9
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Earthball Scleroderma citrinum mycelia roots brown round

Earthball - 10
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Small brown fungus Earthball on rotting log

Earthball - 11
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in July] 

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Earthball round brown mushroom fungus Ontario

Earthball - 12
[Photographed in Southern Ontario - July] 

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