POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
The Earth Ball, Scleroderma aerolatum, formerly known
as Scleroderma lycoperdoides, can cause violent digestive upset.
The very similar Scleroderma aurantium is poisonous as well. In
addition, Scleroderma cepa has caused numerous serious poisonings.
Deaths from Scleroderma poisonings have been reported. European
mushroom books have listed Scleroderma as edible and suggest use
as substitutes for truffles. Unwary mushroom hunters of puffballs who find
a very young Scleroderma that is still pure white inside have suffered
very prompt onset of abdominal pain, nausea, generalized tingling, spasms,
vomiting and diarrhea. The edible puffballs are not only pure white inside,
but are soft like a marshmallow while a Scleroderma is quite hard