Notes: A small yellow Mycena growing on Monotropa uniflora.
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The host is almost definitely the same Monotropa uniflora common across much of northern North America. I can’t find any other monotropoids known to grow in Mexico with a single flower and upright stature in age.
I was going to reply that that isn’t a fungus, but an achlorophylous mycoheterotrophic plant in the monotropoideae subfamily of the ericaceae, until I saw the last two pictures. I hear that people confuse them for fungi all the time but I don’t see the resemblance.
So this is a fungus parasitizing a plant that is parasitizing fungi that are getting their nutrients from their mycorrhizal host trees. Nutrients going from plant → fungus → plant → fungus. Freakin amazing.
I thought this was a troll post, I was going to suggest Amanita muscaria. Til’ I saw the last two photos. Rad!
this thing RULES
What a find :O
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