LIONS MANE MUSHROOM

Hericeum erinaceus
TOOTH FUNGI FAMILY (Hydnaceae)

Description
It is about 6 to 12 inches across and consists of tightly branched structures arising from a rooting base with densely packed spines hanging from the branches in clusters or rows. It is usually white but when it ages it discolors brownish to yellowish. There is no stalk.

Occurrence
This mushroom grows alone or in groups It is rare in Fontenelle Forest. In fall of 2014 it was found in coffin springs hollow south of gifford road.

Comments
It is also known as bears head mushroom.

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