Observation 24850: Hericium Pers.

When: 2009-08-31

Collection location: Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)

No specimen available

Not fully mature yet.


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By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-02 14:14:30 CDT (-0400)

Even old Hericium I have collected are never slimy.

Cross section
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-09-02 13:37:28 CDT (-0400)

I have cut it in half, it has a wonderful smell (not to strong), it is very soft/slimy, and looks like other cross sections of Hericium species I have seen.

Very similar
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-01 03:43:26 CDT (-0400)

to Hericium erinaceus that I have grown, if very young. Sporocarp is very tight yet. If mass is less than 8 inches across, I’d still guess Hericium at least. It doesn’t have the yellowish tinge I associate with most H. erinaceus locally, but that still doesn’t eliminate it as a possibility. Slicing it might be the easiest way of removing doubt. If Hericium, specimen should be rather soft and pliable, even in age. If not, probably something else.

Probably no Hericium?
By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2009-08-31 17:39:54 CDT (-0400)

It looks also very much like a Ptychogaster, the anamorph of an Oligoporus.

I’d guess a hardwood?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-31 17:11:07 CDT (-0400)

Hericium e. can outgrow almost any other fungi. It can colonize a 2-liter space bag of substrate and be producing fruit-bodies within 28 days. But the actual trees it is known to fruit on keep expanding. In Montana Larry Evans has reported it frequently growing on Lodgepole pine.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-08-31 13:32:21 CDT (-0400)

It was growing from a dead tree, the tree was to decomposed to tell what type it was.

Growing near Armillaria mellea if that helps.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-31 11:35:24 CDT (-0400)

What was it growing from?