Hericium cirrhatum

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Hericium cirrhatum

24 August 2020 Hampshire. Multiple brackets growing on a fallen beech tree. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonymns

Creolophus cirrhatus

Fruiting Body

Bracket shaped, often in tiers, laterally attached to the substrate, upper surface white, decorated with short spines, under surface covered with spines extending to about 15 mm long, white becoming orange brown, to about 10 cm across

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare, more frequent in the south

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, amyloid (3.5-4.5) x (3-3.5) µm2. Basidia clavate, slender, sinuous, four spored. Gloeocystidia cylindrical, sinuous, with content. Hyphal system monomitic.

Edibility

Edible, but should not be collected due to its rarity

Notes

This species is cultivated on a commercial scale for food

Additional Photographs

Hericium cirrhatum

24 August 2020 Hampshire. Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hericium cirrhatum

1 November 2013 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hericium cirrhatum

1 November 2013 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hericium cirrhatum

2 November 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin