A Mystery Fungus

Hello! An unscheduled update from Centennial Woods today. I’ve discovered a very strange fungus! It’s not mushroom shaped but has the same texture as your typical fungus. It looks like a flat, gray, chunky flower with petals splayed and stuck to the ground. I’ve done some research and determined that it is a “common earthball”. the scientific name is Scleroderma citrinum. It’s actually poisonous! It starts off as a ball of a yellowish brown color and eventually splits open. I learned that it has a symbiotic relationship with trees. It grows near trees and shares the nutrients while also helping the roots absorb new water. So much to learn from this site!

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