Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales Family: Sclerodermataceae
Species: Scleroderma bovista Fr.
Synonyms: Scleroderma fuscum
Scleroderma texense
Scleroderma verrucosum var. bovista
Tuber fuscum
Common Name: Potato Earthball


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Scleroderma bovistaPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Fagus sylvatica (3)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (1)
Quercus (1)
Larix (1)
Betula (1)
Tilia (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Built-up areas (3)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (3)
Woodland: mixed (3)
Built up area, domestic (2)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (2)
Bare ground (1)
Other artificial habitats (1)
Woodland (1)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation, high forest (1)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil Grassy (9)
Larch (Larix) (7)
Soil Mossy (3)
Soil (2)
Quercus rubra (1)
Soil Needle (1)
Stony (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
July (3)
August (6)
September (8)
October (5)
November (3)