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Hypomyces luteovirens

Hypomyces luteovirens
(Green Lobster)


Sometimes found growing in a mixture of trees including Douglas Fir and Aspen around 9000 to 10,000 feet in elevation.


This one is closely related to the lobster mushroom also known as the "Green Lobster". It is a parasite on both orange and red capped Russula species in Colorado. Note the fourth and fifth photos with the orange capped Russula found next to it. It is usually rare compared to the lobster mushroom but in 2023 they seemed much more abundant than in previous years. I know several people who consider it edible (and better than the lobster) in the east but little is known about its edibility. I would suspect that is highly dependent on which host. Since it has multiple hosts one should be careful and make sure its not peppery. I believe it is also parasitic on some peppery Russula's in Colorado (see third picture). Typically is it found on orange capped Russula species.






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Last Updated

Aug 26 2023 09:28 AM

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