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Scleroderma sp.

1 Earth balls at Federal Golf Course

Scleroderma sp. at Federal Golf Course - 4 May 2019
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Identification history

Scleroderma sp. 15 May 2019 Heino1
Calvatia sp. 10 May 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

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Author's notes

I could not identify this fungus. It may be a Puffball Fungus that has recently emerged out of the ground and is starting to split open to allow the spores to take flight.

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Heino1 wrote:
   15 May 2019
This has a tough skin which splits a little irregularly from the top, the segments then folding back to allow wind dispersal of the spores. Even without a scale bar, you can see the whitish cross-section of the skin and the nearby twig litter helps convey the idea of thickness. In Calvatia the skin breaks irregularly and falls off, rather then the split-and-fold-back process.
   16 May 2019
Many thanks Heino1. I really know nothing about fungus so I appreciate your notes. Sorry, I did have a ruler with me but forgot to put it down for the photograph. Thanks again, all the best.

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