Common Earthball - Scleroderma citrinum


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

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


UK Status

Fairly Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map