Lobster mushroom near Glacier Peak
Hypomyces lactifluorum is fascinating, because it is a macro fungi that is two fungi in one. The ascomycete H. lactifluorum colonizes (parasitizes) the basidiomycete Russula brevipes. This is a prized edible mushroom of much local renown.
The Lobster mushroom, ''Hypomyces lactifluorum'', contrary to its common name, is not a mushroom, but rather a parasitic ascomycete fungus that grows on certain species of mushrooms, turning them a reddish orange color that resembles the outer shell of a cooked lobster.