Coral Tooth Fungus

  • resembles a sea coral
  • spines hang along branches
  • spines are relatively short (under 1 cm)
  • grows on dead hardwood
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Look-alikes in Ontario

A number of inedible or poisonous coral mushrooms are superficially similar in that they are white and have a spindly branching structure. They differ in that the spines do not hang downwards. The edible Hericium erinaceus differs in that it does not have branches, which makes its overall form more rounded in maturity and reminiscent of a pom-pom with downward-hanging spines.

See also Hericium americanum.

Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Plants of Ontario
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