Lobsters and corals

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on October 23.

Lobsters & corals bring to mind sea creatures, but these are actually just strange, exotic-looking fungi!

My Mom, Betty, and I were having a great time looking at shrooms in the Buttle Lake area last weekend, and happened upon a patch of lobsters, all with their own unique character (see photos #1-4). The bright salmon-colour is quite a knockout!

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Note that the lobster is a combination of  two fungus species: Hypomyces lactifluorum, which is a parasite that forms an orange crust on Russula brevipes (a rather boring looking white shroom). Young lobsters are considered a good edible.

In the same area there was an array of colourful corals (photos #5-8), including one that formed a large mass (last photo). 

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