Lobster Mushroom

Scientific Name: Hypomyces lactifluorum

Common Name: Lobster Mushroom

Certainty: positive (notes)

Location: Southern Appalachians; Smokies; CabinCove

Date: 20060725

 

The name is misleading: it is actually just (admittedly colorful) mold growing on top of some poor hapless malformed mushroom. In fact the host is so badly developed it can be impossible to identify. Fortunately this particular species of mold only grows on edible mushrooms, because it is highly-esteemed by those who esteem this sort of thing.

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Taken on August 5, 2007