For a long time, the blue whale and coral reef were considered the largest living organism on the planet, but now their place has been taken by a mushroom. Found in Oregon National Park, black honey agaric weighs about 35,000 tons, and its mycelium covers more than 90 square kilometers.
The fungus has spread its root system over a huge forest and acts as if it is trying to subdue it. Humongous Fungus (this is translated as “Huge mushroom”) belongs to the subspecies Armillaria ostoyae. It was found in the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon and has officially become the largest living organism on Earth.
Unlike the same corals, which are many organisms, the fungus is one, stretching for many kilometers under the ground. One such mushroom is capable of drying a small forest to dryness in 2 years.
Scientists believe that the mushroom found in Oregon is trying to subjugate the entire local national park, all its giant mycelium requires more and more nutrients. Black rhizomorphs secrete special enzymes that penetrate the bark under pressure.