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Coral Tooth Fungus

Do not eat any fungi that has not been properly identified by a qualified professional, some are DEADLY when ingested. All edible wild fungi MUST be cooked.

Hericium coralloides was formerly known as Hericium ramosum so this name may come up in online searches. It is saprobic and possibly somewhat parasitic. This delicately beautiful fungus typically fruits on fallen logs or branches of hardwoods. Often they can be spotted in large patches that can be seen from quite some distance. This fungus is often misidentified as being Hericium erinaceus or Hericium americanum. Hericium americanum is more branched than Hericium erinaceus and grows from the wood of living trees and dead hardwoods.

Distinguishing Features The comb tooth fungus is a large (mostly) white mass with an open framework of numerous toothed branches. This fungus typically grows between 10 and 40 cm wide; and anywhere from 5 to 20 cm high. The branches are coarse, toothy structures and occur on both sides of the branch somewhat like the teeth on a comb. These “teeth” (spines) are about 1 cm. The external appearance is white to creamy. The flesh is soft yet brittle. The stalk is an indistinct stub and is hairy.


Hannah Matthews, REALTOR

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