Zelleromyces cinnabarinus
Zelleromyces cinnabarinus spores
Zelleromyces cinnabarinus spores
Zelleromyces cinnabarinus
Zelleromyces cinnabarinus
This interesting mushroom can be hypogeous (growing underground) or epigeous
(growing above ground). DNA studies place this fungus in the genus
Lactarius. It
exudes a milky latex and has spiny, reticulated spores. Like other gasteroid fungi
(puffballs, earthstars and false truffles, for example) it produces its spores within
the fruiting body instead of outside. This specimen was found in October.
The spores of Zelleromyces cinnabarinus have curved spines and are reticulated.