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"Another "humongous fungus" is a specimen of Armillaria bulbosa found at a site near Crystal Falls, Michigan. It covers 0.15 square kilometres (37 acres) and was published in Nature."
Largest Organism in the World Claim
The colony of Armillaria ostoyae in question is not considered one organism, but many. The General Herman tree, a specimen of the Giant Sequoia, is generally considered to be the world's largest organism. MickeyK 22:28, 27 May 2006 (UTC)
- Citation, please? Note that the lead sentence of the BBC story (referenced in the article) explicitly states:
- Researchers in the US have found what is probably the largest living organism on Earth.
- Unless you can find better references that indicate it is not one organism, I support restoring the claim. Thanks!
- hike395 04:14, 28 May 2006 (UTC)
Other species in Armillaria are forest pathogens. Is ostoyae? 184.108.40.206 16:10, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
This page says the biggest found was 8.4 square kilometers, but says that is 3.4 square miles. But using the conversion tool with Google, it says 8.4 km is 5.2 miles. Im not willing to change it myself because i have trouble with math and may have done something very wrong, but will do so in a bit if no one corrects me by then. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 06:09, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
- Yes, 8.4 km is 5.2 miles in length, but not squared miles which is a surface unit: one squared mile is almost 2.6 km². Bu193 (talk) 11:30, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Bumped into this: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/27/1 - "Europe's largest known fungus has been found growing under an Alpine forest in Switzerland. Armillaria ostoyae covers 250,000sq metres and is believed to be around 1,000 years old."
Fakes and responses. Any ideas?
Looking up Armillaria solidipes on google images, I found some that apparently were deliberate frauds, showing either photoshopped Boletus giants or spoof giant imaginary fungi intended to misinform laity who knew no better. To reproduce any such photos as warnings would do no better than spread the nonsense, but I was wondering about including in the description just a line or two stating the facts that the huge size of the fungal mycelium had nothing to do with giant mushrooms and that the fruiting bodies that showed above the ground or on trees are not especially large or dramatic. JonRichfield (talk) 15:40, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
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