Hericium coralloides

Common Names: Coral tooth fungus, comb tooth mushroom
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Tooth Fungus

Saprobic and possibly parasitic. Fruiting body is 8 to 20 cm across; consisting of branches arising from a more or less central core that is attached to the wood; branches 0.5 to 1 cm thick, smooth, adorned with fleshy spines; spines 0.5 to 1 cm long, up to 1 mm wide, white when fresh, becoming faintly yellowish to brownish in old age.

It grows on dead hardwood trees in the late summer and fall. When young, the fungus is soft and edible, but as it ages the branches and hanging spines become brittle.

Edible Notes: It is edible and regarded as choice by some.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.