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Hydnum rufescens   (Terracotta Hedgehog)
Cap 2-6 cm diameter, stem 1.5-4 cm diameter * 0.8-1.5 cm tall

Hydnum rufescens, also known as Terracotta Hedgehog, is a small or medium-sized fruiting body that is similar to that of Hydnum repandum but is smaller, thinner and salmon pink coloured. It grows on soil in broad-leaf or coniferous woods.

Fruiting body is salmon-pink. Cap is smooth or faintly downy; it is at first convex with an inrolled margin, becoming flattened and often slightly funnel-shaped. The margin remains incurved. The stem is stout, more or less equal, sometimes eccentric, and finely downy. The flesh is pinkish, soft, thick and rather crumbly. Spines are salmon pink and broadly attached to the stem. Spores are glassy in color.

Similar species include the closely related Hydnum repandum which is larger and white.

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