Observation 151150: Hericium Pers.

Found mild late October 2013. Undisturbed dry area on west side of fallen tree, oak maple or sycamore, possibly. No area rainfall in more than 10 days,ground cool but dry,area heavily shaded, but fungi could produce clear, water-like moisture, when pressure applied. Fungi left out for spore printing on white paper with absorbing underground. After white paper dried no spore print noted possible white? Fungi did not dry out after 3days at room temp. Although less moist, drying didn’t seem likely. Specimen frozen instead.
This fungi appeared to look like Pleurotus ostreatus from a distance. Body seemed decaying but smell was mild slightly “wet lock room-ish” (for lack of better terms) although moist and gelatinous the structural composition was firm without tissue sloughing one would expect on a
waterlogged, decaying object.
Underside had venation that gave the loose appearance of widely spaced gills that consolidated radially to form centrally located short stalk. Margins of underside contained projections much like toothed fungi. Will send specimen to any scientist willing to id to satisfy personal curiosity. Both specimens collected grew side by side and approx 6" from attached base to terminal and 3-4" across at largest point. Sorry for crude explanation.


as grown in habitat
unidentified fungus
unidentified fungi on table after 73hrs of dry time
mid-line cross-section from base to end (vertical)
underside of mushroom near base
jelly mitten mushroom unable to identify.

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I believe this is Hericium, previously frozen.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-11-04 18:58:34 GMT (+0000)

I cannot be certain it is Hericium erinaceous in this state, but certain Hericium. Given the tree species you suggest it could have been growing on, Hericium erinaceous seems likely.

Fourth photo shows spines at right side, supporting Hericium.

Gelatinous supports frozen form. Had you collected it 3-5 weeks earlier, might have had a good meal from it. ;)

It is easily grown and a wonderful example of fast-growing edible mushroom. I have observed fruiting bodies from sterile substrate (wood chips + bran) within 28 days; mature specimens within 34 days after inoculation.

Hericium erinaceous takes on the flavor of foods it is cooked with. By itself it has a slight lobster or perhaps scallop flavor; stir-fried in pork it tends to taste like pork as well.

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