Coral Tooth - Hericium coralloides

    Alternative names
    Hericium ramosum
    Description

    It is recognised by its short (mostly about 1 cm long) spines, and the fact that the spines hang in rows along delicate branches. When young, the fungus is soft and edible, but as it ages the branches and hanging spines become brittle and turn a light shade of yellowish brown.  It may sometimes form large clumps.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    It grows on dead hardwood logs and stumps.

    When to see it

    Late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in England, though not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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