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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. Geotagged,Hypomyces lactifluorum,Lobster mushroom,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

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  1. Wow! I wonder if the parasitism makes it taste better (?) Posted one year ago

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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.

Similar species: Hypocreales
Species identified by erinmoore
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Uploaded Sep 28, 2020. Captured Sep 20, 2020 13:18 in NF-2210, Darrington, WA 98241, USA.
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  • ISO100
  • 4.2mm