The species scleroderma vulgare is very common in woods, and has sometimes been mistaken for a form of Truffle.
The genus Geaster does not appear in the collection, nor scleroderma.
Is there any difficulty in reaching a diagnosis in scleroderma?
Related to the puff-balls, and properly classed with them, are the species of scleroderma.
scleroderma is from two Greek words: scleros, hard; derma, skin.
In some instances such patches are seen in association with the more classic type of scleroderma just defined.
There are two species which are not uncommon, scleroderma vulgare and S. verrucosum.
Allied to scleroderma and distinguished by the cavities of the gleba containing distinct peridioles.
Parasiticus means a parasite; so called because it grows on a scleroderma.
This is called the common hard-rind fungus, or scleroderma vulgare.
scleroderma scle·ro·der·ma (sklēr'ə-dûr'mə)
A pathological thickening and hardening of the skin caused by swelling and thickening of fibrous tissue. Also called dermatosclerosis.