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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