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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Boletales: Sclerodermataceae: Scleroderma polyrhizum (J.F.Gmel.) Pers.

Scleroderma polyrhizum – Dead Man's Hand

Synonyms: Actigea sicula, Lycoperdon polyrhizum, Sclerangium polyrhizon, Scleroderma geaster.

Common names: Dead Man's Hand, Earthstar Scleroderma, Many-rooted Earthball.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Scleroderma polyrhizum, commonly known as the star earthball or dead man's hand, is a basidiomycete fungus and a member of the genus Scleroderma, or "earthballs". Found in dry, sandy soils, this species begins completely buried before slowly forcing the soil aside as it cracks apart to form a rough, star-shaped body with a diameter of 12–15 cm (4.7–5.9 in). At the center is the dark, brownish spore mass. Widely distributed wherever the soil and climate are favorable, it is known from Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Catalan: Pota de cavall estrellada, Russian: Ложнодождевик звёздчатый, Ukrainian: Склеродерма зірчаста.

Photos of this mushroom from East and Central Texas

Star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-28.htm">December 28, 2019</A>
LinkStar eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 28, 2019
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Mature star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-28.htm">December 28, 2019</A>
LinkMature star eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 28, 2019
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Dissected star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-28.htm">December 28, 2019</A>
LinkDissected star eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 28, 2019
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Split mature star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-28.htm">December 28, 2019</A>
LinkSplit mature star eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, December 28, 2019
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Mature star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Texas Avenue in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2019-12-29.htm">December 29, 2019</A>
LinkMature star eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Texas Avenue in Bee Creek Park. College Station, Texas, December 29, 2019
Location on maps2603 Texas Ave S, College Station, TX 77840, USA
Bluebonnet seedling with star eathball mushroom (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-01-05.htm">January 5, 2020</A>
LinkBluebonnet seedling with star eathball mushroom (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Robinson Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, January 5, 2020
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn near Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-01-18.htm">January 18, 2020</A>
LinkStar eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn near Ferry Road in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, January 18, 2020
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Hatching star eathball mushrooms (<B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>) on a lawn in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-01-18.htm">January 18, 2020</A>
LinkHatching star eathball mushrooms (Scleroderma polyrhizum) on a lawn in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Washington, Texas, January 18, 2020
Location on maps23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Tough earthball mushrooms <B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>(?) on an old road on Lone Star Hiking Trail near Pole Creek in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-08-05.htm">August 5, 2020</A>
LinkTough earthball mushrooms Scleroderma polyrhizum(?) on an old road on Lone Star Hiking Trail near Pole Creek in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, August 5, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA
Cross section of tough earthball mushrooms <B>Scleroderma polyrhizum</B>(?) on an old road on Lone Star Hiking Trail near Pole Creek in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, <A HREF="../date-en/2020-08-05.htm">August 5, 2020</A>
LinkCross section of tough earthball mushrooms Scleroderma polyrhizum(?) on an old road on Lone Star Hiking Trail near Pole Creek in Sam Houston National Forest. Richards, Texas, August 5, 2020
Location on mapsLone Star Hiking Trail, Montgomery, TX 77356, USA

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