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Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
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The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
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The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual &quot;chlamydospores&quot;, which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65531/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html" title="Asterophora lycoperdoides"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/65531_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1618444810&Signature=fXilR7qlZp1KrMEhwFGGZs7s7zs%3D" width="200" height="154" alt="Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
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 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual &quot;chlamydospores&quot;, which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65532/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html" title="Asterophora lycoperdoides"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/65532_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1618444810&Signature=Tf0XfMJndenpuGlX9D2Q%2BkKs3V4%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
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 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual &quot;chlamydospores&quot;, which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65533/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65531/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
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 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual &quot;chlamydospores&quot;, which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65532/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65531/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
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Asterophora lycoperdoides

This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!

The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.

Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.

The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual "chlamydospores", which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture.

Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
<br />
 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual "chlamydospores", which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65533/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65530/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
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Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
<br />
 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual "chlamydospores", which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65533/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65531/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
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Asterophora lycoperdoides This cluster of mushrooms was growing on the cap of an old Russula mushroom!<br />
<br />
 The caps were convex, brown, and powdery. Gills were brown and poorly formed. Stipes were dry, white, and soft with white basal mycelium.<br />
<br />
 Habitat: Growing on a rotting mushroom in a swampy, coniferous forest.<br />
<br />
 The powdery cap of this mushroom is the result of its reproductive strategy! They can survive with or without genetic diversity. The poorly formed gills occasionally bear basidia and produce sexual spores; but, the cells on the cap surface also produce asexual "chlamydospores", which are ready to clone the organism and result in the powdery texture. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65532/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65531/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/65530/asterophora_lycoperdoides.html<br />
 Asterophora,Asterophora lycoperdoides,Geotagged,Summer,United States,fungus,mushroom,mushrooms,parasitic mushrooms

    comments (5)

  1. :O Amazing find! Thank you for sharing! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks and you're welcome ;) Posted 2 years ago
  2. The umbrellas look like cookies... LOL! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Yes! So far, I've heard that they look like macaroons or ginger snaps :) Posted 2 years ago
      1. I was just saying that on Facebook. Lightly cooked ginger snaps! I prefer mine almost burnt ;) Posted 2 years ago

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''Asterophora lycoperdoides'' is a species of fungus in the Lyophyllaceae family. It grows as a parasite on other mushrooms, mainly Russulas. Its gills are poorly formed or nearly absent. Asexual spores are produced on the mushrooms cap which enable the organism to clone itself easily. The spores are star shaped hence the name Star bearer.

Similar species: Agaricales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Aug 25, 2018. Captured Aug 25, 2018 10:08 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm