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Common Earth-ball Fungus Andy

  Common Earth-ball Fungus (Scleroderma Citrinum)     

A very common poisonous fungus which has a tough outer skin covered in warty scales which grows in acid soils and I often see them growing along paths in pine forests in the New Forest. The rounded fruit-body is attached to the ground by white mycelial. When eventually the skin of the earth-ball ruptures and clouds of spores can be seen leaving a large opening, dispersed by the wind and the rain.

  Location: New Forest National Park

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