Hericium coralloides

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Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides - Male Karpaty I.jpg
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H. coralloides
Binomial name
Hericium coralloides
(Scop.) Pers. (1794)
Synonyms
  • 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]

Hericium coralloides

The mushroom is also featured on a 2010 stamp from Belarus[2] and a 2002 stamp from New Zealand.[3]

Belarus stamp featuring Hericium coralloides

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