Hericium americanum

Common Names: Bear's head tooth fungus
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Tooth Fungus

North America's only Hericium species with long spines and a branched fruiting body. 15 to 30 cm across; consisting of a tightly branched structure arising from a rooting base; with densely packed spines 0.5 to 4.0 cm long hanging from the branches in clusters or rows; white, or in age discoloring brownish to yellowish.

Can be found fruiting from dead wood or live trees in the late summer, fall. Though it is more frequently found on hardwoods, it is documented on conifers.

Edible Notes: Edible. Young specimens are preferable. It is a popular mushroom for foragers.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.