Hypomyces lactifluorum
(Lobster Mushroom)
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Edibility: Edible
Color: Orange, White inside

Under Ponderosa and Lodgepole pines. In open areas partially buried under the pine needles. Russula brevipes is a good indicator your in the right area.

Listed here with the chantrelles because it looks somewhat simliar. Not a mushroom really, but a parasitic mold that attacks some species of Russula and Lactarius. Typically Russula brevipes is the host. These were attacking Russula brevipes var. acrior. There were many R. brevipes in the area. One row had about 4 lobsters and an R. brevipes on the end that didn't get infected. If you're walking through the woods and you see what looks like partially buried orange peels they are probably lobster mushrooms. The last photo was taken next to the trail at South Catamount reservoir just below Pikes Peak. I was walking along the trail and thought I saw orange peels partially buried.

They are a great mushroom to cook in an alfredo cream sauce with pasta. They also work great in Cream of Mushroom soup. The texture remains crunchy after cooking unlike other mushrooms.

Last Updated:
May 20 2019 04:15 PM

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