Scleroderma citrinum  (6 Photos and Description)

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Scleroderma citrinum "False Puffball", "Pig-skin Poison Puffball"  Firmer than true puffballs. Spore mass or gleba turns from white to purple to black. When mature, the outer crust-like covering (peridium) cracks open and spores are released by wind currents and rain drops. It is mycorrhizal with hardwoods and conifers like most other members of the Boletales order.   Gastrointestinal irritant.

The bolete that grows from this scleroderma (Pseudoboletus parasiticus) is edible and has a mild carroty taste and chewy texture, though you may not like the slimy consistency that is characteristic of many edible cooked boletes.

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