Echinodontium tinctorium

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Echinodontium tinctorium
Echinodontium tinctorium.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Echinodontiaceae
Genus: Echinodontium
Species: E. tinctorium
Binomial name
Echinodontium tinctorium
(Ellis & Everh.) Ellis & Everh. (1900) [as tinctorius]
  • Fomes tinctorius Ellis & Everh. (1895)
  • Hydnum tinctorium (Ellis & Everh.) Lloyd (1898)
  • Scindalma tinctorium (Ellis & Everh.) Kuntze (1898)
  • Hydnofomes tinctorius (Ellis & Everh.) Lloyd (1920)

Echinodontium tinctorium is a species of fungus in the family Echinodontiaceae. A plant pathogen, it is commonly known as the Indian paint fungus.

Some Plateau Indian tribes applied it to skin to prevent it from chapping.[1]


  1. ^ Hunn, Eugene S. (1990). Nch'i-Wana, "The Big River": Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land. University of Washington Press. p. 353. ISBN 0-295-97119-3. 

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