Hypomyces

By William T. Hathaway

Hypomyces

Prof. David Arora in his book Mushrooms Demystified indicates that species in the genus Hypomyces are “Ubiquitous fungi that parasitize other mushrooms, partially or completely covering them in a layer of pimpled or powdery tissue.” During my many years of roaming about Pittsylvania County I have photographed only one red Hypomyces as presented here.

Since the fruiting bodies of Hypomyces are insignificant, the fungus is named after the mushroom host upon which it infects. After having identified the infected mushroom as a Milkcap in the genus Lactarius, my red Hypomyces is named “Hypomyces lactarius.” In the study of fungi, bright red specimens are bound to attract more attention from a passerby.


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