Scaly Earthball - Scleroderma verrucosum

    Description

    Fruit body 2.5 to 5cm across, subglobose often flattened on top, tapering into a long, thick stem-like base which is usually prominently ribbed, and yellowish to brown covered in small brownish scales, the thin leathery wall breaking open irregularly above when mature.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On sandy soil in woods or heaths.

    When to see it

    Summer to late autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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