Earthball - fungus

 

Fungus, commonly called an earthball, holding water in sandy earth. About 5 inches across. By the road near Deer Lake State Park parking lot. Alternatively, see a single image. Photographed 2009-01-31. See also several similar plants and 2009 update seen locally within a two-mile radius. For identification see http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/fungi/family/sclerodermataceae/sclerodermataceae.htm. (Thanks to P. Williams and friends.)

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