Hericium clathroides    (Pall.) Pers. 

common name(s) : Coral Tooth 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Hericiaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Aphyllophoromycetideae  

synonyms: Hericium coralloides, Hericium ramosum, Dryodon coralloides, Hydnum ramosum 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Hydnum coralloides, Hericeum coralloides)  

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Hericium clathroides
photo gallery of  Hericium clathroides potential confusions with  Hericium clathroides toxicity of Hericium clathroides genus Hericium  

The fruiting body is composed of many thin, coral-shaped, erect branches like a weeping willow, the lower surface being covered which hanging spines, white to yellowish, sometimes slightly pink with age, with a common thick stem.

The flesh is white, soft and brittle; its taste is mild; the odour is pleasant.

The fertile surface is made of concolorous spines up to 1 cm long, arranged in lines. The spore print is white.

It grows on wood, in old deciduous woods, on rotting felled trees or at the base of weakened trees, preferably on beech, but also on elm, ash, walnut.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 23 cm (between 5 and 50 cm)
  total height approximately 13 cm (between 10 and 15 cm)

Distinctive features : whitish fruiting body composed of many thin, erect branches coral-shaped or like a weeping willow; lower surface covered which hanging aligned spines up to 1 cm long; on deciduous wood (mostly beech)

Hericium clathroides is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Hericium clathroides in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Hericium clathroides in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18