Hericium americanum

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Hericium americanum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Hericiaceae
Genus: Hericium
H. americanum
Binomial name
Hericium americanum
Ginns (1984)

Hericium americanum, commonly known as the bear's head tooth fungus, is an edible mushroom[1] in the tooth fungus group. It was described as new to science in 1984 by Canadian mycologist James Herbert Ginns.[2]

Hericium americanum are commonly found on decaying trees in the Northern United States and Canada. This fungus grows exceptionally well in the environment of temperate deciduous forests.


  1. ^ Miller Jr., Orson K.; Miller, Hope H. (2006). North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi. Guilford, CN: FalconGuides. p. 408. ISBN 978-0-7627-3109-1.
  2. ^ Ginns (1984). "Hericium coralloides N. Amer. auct. (= H. americanum sp.nov.) and the European H. alpestre and H. coralloides". Mycotaxon. 20 (1): 39–43.

Song, Xun; Gaascht, François; Schmidt-Dannert, Claudia; Salomon, Christine E. (2020). "Discovery of Antifungal and Biofilm Preventative Compounds from Mycelial Cultures of a Unique North American Hericium sp. Fungus". Molecules. 25 (4): 963. doi:10.3390/molecules25040963. PMC 7070493. PMID 32093422.

Grace, Jeanne; Mudge, Kenneth W. (2015). "Production of Hericium sp. (Lion's Mane) mushrooms on totem logs in a forest farming system". Agroforestry Systems. 89 (3): 549–556. doi:10.1007/s10457-015-9790-1. S2CID 15267536.

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