Common Earthball - Scleroderma citrinum

    Description

    The Common Earthball often has a yellowish tinge, 2-10cm, usually slightly more elongate than spherical with a scaly pattern on its surface. All Earthballs are poisonous and should not be eaten.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In leaf litter or on mossy soil under deciduous trees, usually in or at the edge of woods, and particularly associated with Oak.

    When to see it

    Autumn

    UK Status

    Fairly Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map