Earthballs – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

The Common Earthball, Scleroderma citrinum, is a curious fungus which used to be known as Scleroderma aurantium. Here’s my nature notebooks entry about one I found forty years ago:

Earthball - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

In the woods in Somerset I found these beautiful specimens:

Earthball - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Earthball - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Earthball - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They smell sour. In Devon I found this specimen deep in the woods which lives up to the other charming common name of Pigskin Poison Puffball:

Earthball - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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