Scleroderma bovista Sclerodermataceae Potato Earthball

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Scleroderma bovista, Potato Earthball. This is an Earthball, not a Puffball, the difference being that it is much more solid, and would be dark purple to black inside if cut open, as opposed to a Puffball, which would be white, at least when young. We have at least three species of Earthball in the island; this being the least common, but it is still fairly frequent, and perhaps overlooked. As the photo shows, it is usually half-buried in the soil, and could resemble a small spud, but perhaps greyer and smoother. It is up to 6cm in diameter. It is found in short grassland or areas of bare earth, and is inedible.

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