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  • Elephomyces muricatus Mushroom
    Ref No: 7687
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    Ref No: 7688
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    location: Europe
    edibility: Inedible
    fungus colour: Yellow, Brown
    normal size: Less than 5cm
    cap type: Other
    stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
    flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
    spore colour: Purplish to black
    habitat: Grows in woods, Grows underground

    Elaphomyces muricatus Fr. Fruit body 25cm across, globose, outer rind bright ochre-brown covered in pointed warts, inner much thicker and marbled purplish-brown; within these layers is an internal powdery spore mass which becomes grey-black as the spores mature. Asci globose, usually four-spored. Spores purplish-black, globose and warted, 1824. Habitat subterranean in the top soil of pinewoods, less frequently in deciduous woods. Season all year but most easily found in autumn when the parasite Cordyceps ophioglossoides which often attacks this species may be seen above ground. Rare. Edibility unknown. Found In Europe.

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