Cyttaria darwinii

• Darwin’s fungus
• 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.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom:Fungi
Division:Ascomycota
Subdivision:Pezizomycotina
Class:Leotiomycetes
Order:Cyttariales
Family:Cyttariaceae
Genus:Cyttaria
Species: C. darwinii

Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Photo Taken: April 21, 2022
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