Hericium americanum, also known as Bear's head, is a large, edible mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. It grows on dead broadleaf trees and on fallen trunks and branches; perhaps initially parasitic on dying broadleaf trees.
usually has several branches. White or pale yellow-brown turning darker with age, the fruitbody is attached to the substrate by a very short, broad stipe. Stem
very short if present.
include Hericium erinaceus and Hericium coralloides. Hericium coralloides is found only on wood of conifers and has coarser branches and longer spines in tufts, not in continous rows along lower surfaces.
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