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The sporocarp (also known as the fruiting body or the fruit body) of a fungus is a multicellular structure on which spore-producing structures, such as basidia or asci, are borne. Mushrooms are sporocarps that grow above ground. Truffles are sporocarps that grow underground.
The largest known fruiting body is the Fomitiporia ellipsoidea species, found on Hainan Island. The species can measure up to 1,085 centimetres (427 in) in length, and is estimated to weigh between 400 and 500 kilograms (880 and 1,100 lb).
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