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Puff Ball (Scleroderma cepa) The solitary puff ball was about 55 mm across with an outer skin that was split into recurved lobes exposing a dark brown mass of spores. In the inset is a stalked young fruiting body with a cracked outer skin indicating its maturity.<br />
Spotted on damp ground under eucalyptus trees. There were a few others well separated from each other.<br />
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Puff Ball (Scleroderma cepa)

The solitary puff ball was about 55 mm across with an outer skin that was split into recurved lobes exposing a dark brown mass of spores. In the inset is a stalked young fruiting body with a cracked outer skin indicating its maturity.
Spotted on damp ground under eucalyptus trees. There were a few others well separated from each other.

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Scleroderma cepa is an ectomycorrhizal fungus used as a soil inoculant in agriculture and horticulture.

Similar species: Boletes
Species identified by Leuba Ridgway
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By Leuba Ridgway

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Uploaded Jun 15, 2016. Captured May 30, 2016 14:37 in Sherbrooke Track, Sherbrooke VIC 3789, Australia.
  • SZ-10
  • f/9.3
  • 10/300s
  • ISO100
  • 5mm