Leopard Earthball - Scleroderma areolatum

Description

Approximately 2 to 5 cm across. The skin is smooth and creamy yellow in colour whilst the spots are brownish, numerous and rather like those of a leopard. The spores are purple-grey or blackish.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On the ground, often under oak or other trees, and frequently near woodland edge.

When to see it

Late summer and autumn.

Life History

Usually occurs in groups.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, though less common than Scleroderma citrinum.

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