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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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