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Scleroderma cepa

   (Family: Sclerodermataceae)
   
Common name: Earthball, thick-skinned puffball EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Poisonous
Size: 10 - 80 mm
Colour:
Brownish yellow (Ochre)
Spore bearing structure:   Other
Flesh: Pore material cannot be seperated from flesh of the cap
Spore colour:
Purplish to black
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: Odourless, mild taste
Fruiting season: winter
General info: EDIT
A pinkish to yellow-brown ball which is smooth or becomes slightly scaly. Leathery but brittle, splitting irregularly.

The thick covering or rind (peridium) encloses a purplish interior (gleba) that is solid first and gradually matures into a dry mass of spores.

Scleroderma cepa is an ectomycorrhizal fungus used as a soil inoculant (agricultural amendments that use beneficial microbes to promote plant health) in agriculture and horticulture.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: ovoid
Pileus (Cap) decorations: scales
Gill attachment: none
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: none
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Spores 8-10 x 8.5-10 ┬Ám, nearly round, spinose; spores dull brown.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
 
 
 
Habitat: Grows on the ground
Habitat info: EDIT
Solitary or in small groups in sparse grass, gardens, along paths, and under a variety of trees; fruiting during the summer in watered areas and after the fall rains.
Usually found under or in the vicinity of eucalyptus trees: it is mycorrhizal on their roots.
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