Sarcodon imbricatus

Common Names: Shingled hedgehog, scaly hedgehog
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Tooth Fungus

The mushrooms, or fruiting bodies, can be quite large in size. the brownish or greyish cap measures up to 30 cm in diameter and is covered with coarse darker brown scales. It is funnel-shaped. The underside bears soft, pale grey 'teeth' rather than gills. These are 0.5 to 1 cm long and brittle. The pale grey or brown stipe may reach 8 cm high and 3 cm wide, and may be narrower at the base and is sometimes eccentric. Its spore print is brown. It is associated with spruce (Picea), appearing in autumn.

Edible Notes: The fungus can be bitter, although this is less apparent in younger specimens. Submerging the mushrooms in boiling water will remove this. It can be pickled or dried and used as flavoring. In Bulgaria it is collected, dried and finely ground to be used as an aromatic mushroom flour. It is reported as edible but of poor quality in the United States by some sources but as deliciously edible by others. The bitter specimens may be similar related species.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.