Hericium coralloides

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Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides - Male Karpaty I.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales
Family: Hericiaceae
Genus: Hericium
Species: H. coralloides
Binomial name
Hericium coralloides
(Scop.) Pers. (1794)
  • Hydnum coralloides Scop. (1772)
  • Hericium ramosum (Merat) Letellier (1826)

Hericium coralloides is a saprotrophic fungus, commonly known as the coral tooth fungus. It grows on dead hardwood trees. 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. The Māori name for this species is pekepekekiore.[1]