What is the largest species of mushroom?



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    The largest mushroom in the world (actually the largest organism) is of the species Armillaria ostoyae (or honey mushroom).  It was discovered in 2000 in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon and is estimated to cover about 2,200 acres and to be about 2,400 years old. While the total structure of the fungus is enormous, the actual mushrooms (or fruiting bodies) that are visible above ground are a pretty standard size.

    The largest fruiting body of a fungus was found in China earlier this year.  It was estimated to be about 33 feet long and to weigh half a ton.  It was of the species Fomitiporia ellipsoidea.

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