• Pan de indio, Hongo de Darwin
Cyttaria darwinii growing as a parasite on Ñire or Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antarctica).
The fruiting bodies, or reproductive structures, of C. darwinii are vivid orange or whitish globes, described by Darwin as “the colour of the yolk of an egg”, with varying sizes “from that of a bullet to that of a small apple”. They grow from the host beech in groups off of stems. These golf ball-like fruiting bodies have mucous-like fluid inside that dries as the balls age.
Species: C. darwinii
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
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