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Bear's Head Tooth Fungus - Hericium americanum ~15 cm wide and consisting of branches arising from a rooting base. The spines were densely packed and were hanging from the branches in clusters. The fruiting body would normally be white, but this specimen wasn&#039;t fresh and was turning yellowish brown.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on hardwood (Carya sp., I think) Bear's head tooth fungus,Fall,Geotagged,Hericium,Hericium americanum,United States,fungus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Bear's Head Tooth Fungus - Hericium americanum

~15 cm wide and consisting of branches arising from a rooting base. The spines were densely packed and were hanging from the branches in clusters. The fruiting body would normally be white, but this specimen wasn't fresh and was turning yellowish brown.

Habitat: Growing on hardwood (Carya sp., I think)

    comments (12)

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, what a find. Love the composition and perspective too, it's like being there. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks, it was awesome! I would have gotten shots from some other perspectives, but this fungus was more than 6 feet up the tree, and well...as you know, I am vertically challenged. Posted 2 months ago
      1. It's fine, it looks even more intimidating from this frog perspective ;) Posted 2 months ago
        1. *whistle, croak, ribbit, peep, cluck, bark, grunt* Posted 2 months ago
  2. So very beautiful Christine, a wonderful and brilliant capture and spotting...I love love it! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks Greg! It was a nice surprise for sure! Posted 2 months ago
  3. Wonderful - literally! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks Barry :) Posted 2 months ago
  4. This sort of find is what makes it all worthwhile. Something to dream about. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Yes!! I almost always *gasp* when I find things like this. Posted 2 months ago
  5. More than beautiful Christine, photo too Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 2 months ago

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''Hericium americanum'', commonly known as the bear's head tooth fungus, is an edible mushroom in the tooth fungus group. It was described as new to science in 1984 by Canadian mycologist James Herbert Ginns.

Similar species: Russulales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded May 1, 2020. Captured Oct 11, 2019 10:40 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/128s
  • ISO160
  • 100mm