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Fungi: Ascomycota: Pezizomycetes: Pezizales: Rhizinaceae: Rhizina undulata Fr., 1815

Rhizina undulata – Pine firefungus

Synonyms: Helvella acaulis, Helvella inflata, Rhizina inflata, Rhizina laevigata, Rhizina praetexta.

Common name: pine firefungus.

Russian names: Rizina volnistaya, Volnistyy koren, Rizina.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Rhizina undulata, commonly known as the doughnut fungus or the pine firefungus, is a species of fungus in the family Rhizinaceae. The fruit bodies of the fungus are dark purple brown with a bright yellow margin, crust-like and attached to the growing surface by numerous root-like yellow rhizoids. R. undulata has a cosmopolitan distribution, and commonly occurs on clearings or burned areas throughout central and northern Europe, North America, northern Asia, and southern Africa. It is parasitic on conifer seedlings, and has caused considerable damage to tree plantations worldwide.

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

Crustlike cups of doughnut fungus (pine firefungus, <B>Rhizina undulata</B> mushrooms) near Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-24.htm">August 24, 2016</A>
LinkCrustlike cups of doughnut fungus (pine firefungus, Rhizina undulata mushrooms) near Dibuny, north-west from Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 24, 2016

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

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