16 October 2009

Earth Balls at Cilifor

The stone-like fruiting bodies of Common Earth Ball (Scleroderma citrinum) were found to be fairly frequent around the bases of the birches on the east side of Cilifor Top (SS505925), though few other fungi were noted, possibly due to the recent dry conditions. Scleroderma citrinum is the only mushroom that plays host to Boletus parasiticus, an extremely odd little bolete that actually parasitizes this puffball. See http://www.mushroomexpert.com/scleroderma_citrinum.html

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