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Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus

Common Name: Lion's Mane; Pom Poms; Sheepshead


Substrate: Wood 

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White


A very easy mushroom to identify. This mushroom grows on wood and has a central white mass with small spines coming off that flow towards the ground. The spines tend to turn a yellow-brown color with age. As long as this has not happened, this mushroom is a great edible. It has the texture (and some say flavor) of lobster when it is cooked. 


Herecium coralloides is similar but is branched like coral.


Hericium erinaceus

9/16/11 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN

Hericium erinaceus

10/3/12 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN