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Hericium ramosum Mushroom
Ref No: 7905
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Hericium ramosum2 Mushroom
Ref No: 7906
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Hericium ramosum3 Mushroom
Ref No: 7907
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Hericium ramosumPinkF Mushroom
Ref No: 7909
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location: North America
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: White to cream, Red or redish or pink
normal size: over 15cm
cap type: Other
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Hericium ramosum (Bull. ex Mérat) Let. Fruit body a mass of white, long, multiple branched stems covered with large numbers of very small spines. Whole fungus 10-25cm across, 10-15cm high; stems thin, branched, covered on both sides with spines 0.5-1cm long. Flesh soft, brittle; white. Odor pleasant. Taste pleasant. Spores ellipsoid, smooth to finely roughened, 3-5 x 3-4µ. Deposit white. Habitat on fallen logs of beech and maple. Found throughout North America. Season August-October. Edible-good. Comment Easily distinguished from the rather similar Hericium coralloides (below) by its much shorter spines growing along the whole length of the thin branches. A pink form of Hericium ramosum turned up at a foray in Oneonta, New York; it was referred to as Hericium ramosum var. rosea, of which I can find no trace in the literature.

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