Identification: Hydnellum peckii

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  1. Carita

    Carita Member

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    Hi Folks,

    I found this unusual (at least to me) fungus on the San Josef Bay trail last week. I think it's a Hydnellum peckii but would like to have an expert opinion.

    Thanks so much,
    Carita
     

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Very nifty!

    Yes, I'd agree with your identification of Hydnellum peckii. I think it's very amusing that the common name of the fungus is "bleeding tooth fungus".

    Here's a link to confirm:

    From the website of George Barron at the University of Guelph:

    Hydnellum peckii

    Small note of caution: according to Orson K. Miller Jr.'s "Mushrooms of North America", there is a very similar species - Hydnellum diabolus. An easy way of determining which one of the two it is according to Miller is odour: Hydnellum diabolus has a sweet resinous odour, while Hydnellum peckii is odourless.
     
  3. Carita

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    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the info. Must remember next time to give anything unusual a sniff.........in case it's a vital part of the ID process!
     

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