Common Earthball Scleroderma citrinum Persoon  Synonyms: Pigskin Poison Puffball, Pigskin Puffball.

Status:

Found solitary or in groups on ground or decaying wood in forests.

Description:

Fruiting body: Some shade of brown covered with coarse warts/scales; mostly spherical; tough skin. Spores: Firm white mass when young, becoming marbled gray/purplish/black, finally becoming blackish/brownish at maturity. Skin rots away exposing powdery spores (J. Solem, pers. comm).

Relationships:

Sometimes attacked by Boletus parasiticus, a small bolete that may have several fruiting bodies attached to one puffball. The exact relationship between the two species is not fully understood. (L. Biechele, pers. comm.)

There are 89 records in the project database.

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A Common Earthball in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/29/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Common Earthball (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2014). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/24/2017). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

Common Earthball (cut surface showing mature spores) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/23/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Howard Co., Maryland (9/13/2009). Photo shows fruiting body with opening for spore release Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Howard, Maryland (7/27/2011). Photo shows mature spores within old fruiting bodies. Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/26/2018). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/28/2018). Determined by Jo Solem. Photo by Anne Looker. (MBP list)

A Common Earthball in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/5/2014). Photo by Lance Biechele. (MBP list)

Common Earthball in Howard Co., Maryland (8/12/2017). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

A Common Earthball in winter in Howard Co., Maryland (12/18/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Common Earthball spores collected from a specimen in Howard, Maryland (7/29/2014). Round, strongly reticulate; measured 11.4-13.9 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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