Dead Man's Hand, Devils Snuff Box, Earthstar Scleroderma
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL
- FRUITING BODIES large, roundish in shape, up to 5-6 inches
in diameter; tan to tannish brown, breaking up into large scale-like patches
upon expansion; splitting into irregular star-like lobes or rays, usually
with 4-6 rays. PERIDIUM or rind very thick, tan. GLEBA (interior or spore
mass) marbled purple brown even when very young, becoming blackish brown
and dusty as spores mature.
- USA, NC
- Throughout NC but more frequently in the Piedmont, on
exposed clay soil especially road banks.
- Forest or natural area, landscape. Singly, or often in
groups of 3-4 fruiting bodies and frequently with 2 or 3 fruiting bodies
fused; on exposed clay or sandy soil, occasionally in lawns.
- Patient may experience gastrointestinal upset including
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps. Symptoms may appear within 30-45
minutes following ingestion.
- NOT EDIBLE!
- The size, thickness, and firmness of the fruiting body
makes this a readily identifiable fungus. The rind (covering over the spore
mass inside) is so thick it frequently is intact months after all the spores
are gone. This fungus is also known to crack asphalt on driveways and tennis
courts as the fruiting bodies develop.
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
"Poisonous Plants of North Carolina,"
Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; Dr. James
W. Hardin, Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser,
Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina State University. All
Pictures Copyright @1997Alice B. Russell, James W. Hardin, Larry Grand.
Computer programming, Miguel A. Buendia; graphics, Brad Capel.
Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
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