When: 2010-08-11

Collection location: Steuben, Maine, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dianna Smith

No specimen available

This Hydnellum seems unusual to me. Its capside was very ‘hairy’, reddish brown but on handling the ‘hair’ is easily squashed. A collegue believes it is Hydnellum peckii. The pore surface did stain reddish brown with handling, but the hairy cap is a feature not mentioned consistently in the literature. I can’t find a photo on line that looks similar enough to have confidence that it is Hydnellum peckii. It was found in a coniferous forest under spruce with an occasional hemlock. Any thoughts?

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:25 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Steuben, Maine’ to ‘Steuben, Maine, USA’

Species Lists


This is the tooth side of the hydnellum. Note the staining with handling.
The is the hairy capside of this hydnellum found growing with spruce and hemlock on the coastof Maine.

Proposed Names

29% (3)
Recognized by sight
44% (2)
Recognized by sight: taste it, if it’s really acrid it’s peckii
62% (3)
Recognized by sight

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H. diabolus
By: Red Bright (Red Bright)
2010-08-15 17:41:20 CDT (-0400)

My Audubon guide says: a look alike to H. peckii that smell fragrant and has a hairy surface is H. diabolus.

Hey noah,
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2010-08-11 17:15:47 CDT (-0400)

i tasted this speciman, and it was super acrid. I also saw in Aurora and Lincoff that there is a alternate name of H. diabolus which sites a hairy cap and very fragrant odor which this mushroom has. That being said, i can no mention of this species except when i plug it into index fungorum it says its a synonym.
Do you think this could be that “variation” of peckii?

Also, this mushroom stained that hands like iodine, which is probably true in both ferrugineum and peckii, though i see that only peckii is really acrid.