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Hypomyces lactifluorum

Lobster Mushroom

Family Hypocreaceae


Potentially Edible
Bumpy, bright orange, red or purple mold growing on white species of Lactarius and Russula mushrooms.

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Description

Mold: Orange, orange-red or red-purple, with fine bumps. Produces orange to red flasklike vessels (perithecia).

Spore print: Transparent.

Mold (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Mold


Mold (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Mold



Habitat and Range

In woods on white species of Lactarius and Russula mushrooms. Throughout North America.

Season

July-October

Comments:

Parasitic mushrooms. Can also parasitize a poisonous species, so make sure to properly identify host mushroom.

 


Top View (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Top View

Aging Mold (Limor Weizmann Waltham, MA)
Aging Mold

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