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Key 3.0

Hydnums

 

Is the cap absent; body with long, delicate hanging teeth?

Yes

Is the sap present; stalk central, off-center or lacking?

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You have a member of the Hericum family

Is it an oval, fleshy mass with long spines, but no branches?

Yes

Does it have multiple branches with long spines?

Yes

 

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Is it white; growing on wounds of living hardwoods?

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Is it yellowish, growing on wounds of living conifers?

Yes

 

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You have a Hericum erinaceus

 

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You have a Hericum weirii

 

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Does it grow only on pine cones? ...................

Yes

Is it not found on pine cones; cap large; stalk central or lacking?

Yes

 

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You have an Auriscapium vulgare

 

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Are the teeth hanging only from branch tips?

Yes

Are the teeth hanging from along the branch?

Yes

 

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You have a Hericium coralloides

 

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You have a Hericium camosum

 

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Is the stalk absent, sessile on living trees?

Yes

Is the stalk present and central? ...................

Yes

 

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Is it a woody conk on conifers on PNW?

Yes

Is it shelf-like, fleshy, overlapping on hardwood?

Yes

 

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You have a Echinodontium tinctorium

 

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You have a Steccherium septenrionale

 

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Is the flesh brittle, easily broken, without color zones?

Yes

Is the flesh very tough, colored zones?

Yes

 

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Is the cap brown with coarse raised scales; taste somewhat bitter? .............

.Yes

Is the cap red-brown with small mostly flat scales, taste very bitter?

Yes

Is the cap orange, hairless, dry; taste mild? .......................   ................

Yes

 

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You have a Hericium imbricatum

 

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You have a Hericium scabrosum

 

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You have a Dentinum rapandum

 

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Is the stalk bright violet, fragrant; disagreeable odor?

Yes

Is the stalk not violet; odor not disagreeable?

Yes

 

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You have a Hydnellum suaveolens

 

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Is the cap whitish at first with wine-red drops of liquid; odor resinous?

Yes

Is the cap light-orange without liquid, ; stalk orange; odor mild? ...............

Yes

 

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You have a Hydnellum diabolus

 

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You have a Hydnellum aurantiacum

 

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