Scleroderma citrinum

Common Names: Pigskin poison puffball, common earthball, common earth ball
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Puffballs

This earthball is superficially similar to, and considered look-alikes of the edible puffball, but whereas the puffball has a single opening on top through which the spores are dispersed, this earthball just breaks up to release the spores. Fruiting body is 2 to 10 cm across; round or flattened; the surface hard and scaly, yellowish to yellow-brown, often cracked; the 'skin' whitish when sliced but blushing pinkish; sometimes gathered at the base, where mycelial strands may be found. The spore mass is thick and white at first, becoming purple to purple-black from the center outwards; eventually blackish to brownish and dust-like.

Mycorrhizal with hardwoods and conifers; often found in mossy areas (occasionally on well-rotted wood); growing alone, scattered, or gregariously; widely distributed; summer and fall.

Edible Notes: Not edible, poisonous.
Warnings: Poisonous.