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OfflineMobius_Strip
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trying to ID some...thing
    #4817830 - 10/17/05 09:53 PM (16 years, 12 days ago)

I found this thing today and thought I'd try to ID it for fun. All of my books are in storage from a recent move and I'm having a hard time finding anything on it. I know it's not active, I'm just trying to ID it for the hell of it. Anyone have any ideas?




Q: Habitat
A: In a flower bed, from the soil, where it meets the grass, with no other plants growing close by. Pacific northwest. 0 feet in elevation.

Q: Characteristics of the gills
A: No gills

Q: Characteristics of the stem
A: No stem

Q: Characteristics of the cap
A: Texture is smooth and dry. No cap perse...just a body

Q: Spore print color (very important!)
A: I'm not sure how to print this thing but the inside is charcoal black and solid, dense and lightly speckled in appearance.

Q: Color that the mushroom bruises
A: None

Q: Scent of the mushroom
A: Earthy, musky

Q: Anything else you might find important
A: Growing within 7-8 feet of a eucalyptus tree and some kind of spruce tree.
A: Gregarious, growing in small clusters of 2-4. Some were as large as 3-4 inches in diameter.
A: The outside is smooth and dry
A: The inside is solid, dense and speckled in appearance (charcoal black in color)
A: Has what appears to be very fine roots...or maybe it was growing into some kind of fine roots plant or grass roots and they pulled up with the fruiting body and some mycelium. There is some mycelium at the base of the fruiting body and throught the clump of soil that pulled up with it.

Did I miss anything?


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Re: trying to ID some...thing [Re: Mobius_Strip]
    #4817953 - 10/17/05 10:16 PM (16 years, 12 days ago)

Cut it in half and show us the inside. Let us know how hard it was to cut in half.

Happy mushrooming!


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Re: trying to ID some...thing [Re: ToxicMan]
    #4819362 - 10/18/05 03:37 AM (16 years, 12 days ago)

Here's the inside.



I cut it with my dull pocket knife and it cut easily. The charcoal black interior is dry and spongy and it crumbles apart. The interior is soft and rubbery like sponge. The brownish potato-like exterior is soft, dry and leathery and it cuts like foam rubber. The whole thing is about 1.5 inches in diameter.


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Re: trying to ID some...thing [Re: Mobius_Strip]
    #4820946 - 10/18/05 04:19 PM (16 years, 11 days ago)

Thats some kind of a puffball.


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Re: trying to ID some...thing [Re: Mobius_Strip]
    #4821437 - 10/18/05 06:17 PM (16 years, 11 days ago)

It is an earthball not a puffball. Earthballs, Sclerodermas are poisonous.
The skin in earthball stays thick and earthballs remain hard even after they
are mature. From the outside they look like puffballs.


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Re: trying to ID some...thing [Re: falcon]
    #4822602 - 10/18/05 10:36 PM (16 years, 11 days ago)

Poisonous...nice. It's a pretty interesting looking thing none the less. Looks like a potato growing above ground. cool. thanks for the ID! If anyone is interested I found these links that tell more about it.

http://www.evergreen.edu/mushrooms/phm/s74.htm
http://www.evergreen.edu/mushrooms/ifm/s10.htm
http://www.bostonmycologicalclub.org/Checklist2001/Scleroderma_citrinum.html
http://www.gardenbythesea.org/about/mushroom/112.html


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