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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Agaricales: Lyophyllaceae: Asterophora parasitica (Bull.) Singer 1951

Asterophora parasitica – Silky piggyback

Synonyms: Agaricus parasiticus, Agaricus pilipes, Agaricus umbratus, Fungus pilipes, Gymnopus parasiticus, Gymnopus pilipes, Merulius parasiticus, Nyctalis parasitica.

Common name: silky piggyback.

Russian name: Asterofora parazitnaya.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Asterophora parasitica, commonly known as the parasitic Asterophora or the Russula parasite, is a species of fungus that grows as a parasite on other mushrooms. The fruit bodies are small, with silky fibers on the surface of grayish caps and thick, widely spaced gills. Mushrooms fruit in clusters on the decaying remains of Lactarius and Russula species, particularly those in the Russula nigricans group. Found primarily in temperate zones of Europe and North America, the fungus is widespread but not common.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

<B>Asterophora parasitica</B> mushrooms growing on a rotten cap of brittlegill mushroom in area of Old Sylvia in Pavlovsk Park. Pavlovsk near Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-07-28.htm">July 28, 2016</A>
LinkAsterophora parasitica mushrooms growing on a rotten cap of brittlegill mushroom in area of Old Sylvia in Pavlovsk Park. Pavlovsk near Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 28, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Пушкинский район, Павловск, Английская аллея
<B>Asterophora parasitica</B> mushroom on a rotten cap of Russula mushroom near Orekhovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-13.htm">August 13, 2016</A>
LinkAsterophora parasitica mushroom on a rotten cap of Russula mushroom near Orekhovo, north from Saint Petersburg. Russia, August 13, 2016
Location on mapsЛенинградская область, Всеволожский район, Куйвозовское сельское поселение

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Acknowledgements

Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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