Coral Tooth

Hericium coralloides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Coral Tooth Hericium coralloides (Scop.) Pers. syn. H. ramosum (Bull.) Letell. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body 10–25cm across, 10–15cm high, mass of long, thin, multiple branched stems covered on both sides with many very small spines 0.5–1cm long; white. Flesh white; soft, brittle; taste and smell pleasant. Spores 3–5×3–4¼, ellipsoid, smooth to finely roughened. Spore print white. Habitat on fallen beech, occasionally elm; late summer to autumn. Uncommon, vulnerable on Red Data List. Edible good, but avoid collecting due to rarity.

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