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Observation 4073: Hydnellum P. Karst.

Growing in Lodgepole pine woods at the border with Quaking aspen woods. Occasional. This tooth fungus has a very pleasant, woodsy, almost minty fragrance, was growing on the ground, had engulfed debris as well as green leaves. The flesh was tough but pliable. I’m guessing the spore print was white, which is how I arrived at the very tentative id. of Phellodon tomentosus using:

Kuo, M. (2007, January). Key to major groups of mushrooms. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:


Lincoff, G. H. 1981. The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.


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Recognized by sight: Brown, looks like teeth on fertile surface, indeterminate growth (twigs and leaves embedded in cap).

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Sarcodon or Hydnellum
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-09-15 14:01:15 PDT (-0700)

If the leaf debris is stuck inside the mushroom (indeterminate growth) and the interior of the stalk, when cut from top to bottom, is zoned then it is a Hydnellum. If the debris is setting on the flesh (determinate growth) and not imbedded in it and the interior of the stalk is homogenous then it is most likely a Sarcodon.