Digüeñe

Cyttaria espinosae

''Cyttaria espinosae'' , also known by its local name Digüeñe, Lihueñe or Quideñe, is an orange-white coloured and edible ascomycete fungus native to south-central Chile. The Digüeñe is a strict and specific parasite of ''Nothofagus'', mainly ''Nothofagus obliqua'' trees and cause canker-like galls on branches from which the fruiting bodies emerge between spring and early summer. The pitted surface generates air turbulence, preventing a build-up of static air around the fruitbodies, thus facilitating wind-borne spore dispersal. In Chilean cuisine, the Digüeñe is usually consumed fresh in salads or fried with scrambled eggs.
Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionAscomycota
ClassLeotiomycetes
OrderCyttariales
FamilyCyttariaceae
GenusCyttaria
SpeciesC. espinosae
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Chile