Hericium coralloides

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Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides - Male Karpaty I.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Subclass: Incertae sedis
Order: Russulales
Family: Hericiaceae
Genus: Hericium
Species: H. coralloides
Binomial name
Hericium coralloides
(Scop.) Pers., (1794)

Hericium coralloides is a saprotrophic fungus.


The attractive fruiting body of Hericium coralloides is 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. The Māori name for this species is pekepekekiore.[1]


  1. ^ Buchanan, Peter. "Story: Fungi - Page 3 – Saprobes: decomposers - Use by Māori" at Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 19 September 2015.

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