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Darwin’s fungus (Cyttaria darwinii)

1-14 at Omora Ethnobotanical Park on Navarino Island, Chile

Cyttaria darwinii is a fungus that parasitizes southern beech trees. I also may have taken a nibble of it when I encountered it in Chile…

A few have asked about the edibility, and to that I respond: it is not toxic, but as far as I know it’s not a choice edible or anything. And because I’m a monkey, I was like, “Cool! I can put this in my mouth then.”