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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  • Scott Darbey 2y

    actually the mold grows on inedible Lactarius and Russula species; the mold renders them edible, it is possible for it to parasitize a poisonous species so the host must be known before eating.
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