Scaly Earthball Scleroderma verrucosum (Bull.) Pers. (illustrated 70% life size) Fruit body 2.5–5cm across, subglobose, often flattened on top, tapering into a long, thick, stem-like, usually prominently ribbed base; yellowish to brown, covered in small, brownish scales; wall thin, leathery, opening irregularly above. Gleba olive-brown. Spores 10–14¼ in diameter, globose, covered in spines or warts; dark brown. Habitat on sandy soil in woods or heaths; summer to late autumn. Common. Not edible.