Belongs to: fungi

Earth-ball Scleroderma citrinum


Best time to see: Oct to late Nov

Key facts

A rounded fungus, up to 10cm across but usually smaller, superficially similar to the puff-ball, but with a tough, warty skin

When mature, the skin splits open to release the dark-brown spores

Grows on mossy or peaty ground, attached by cord-like threads

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Photo © Tony Gunton