Hericium cirrhatum (Pers. : Fr.) Nikol.

[Creolophus cirrhatus]

Name
tiered tooth fungus; spine-face.
Etymology
Epithet = curly hairs or fringed. Genus = hedgehog.
Fruitbody
Annual, imbricate (tiered or layered) brackets with teeth. Cap often scaly.
Similar species
Climacodon pulcherrimus is matted hairy on top, somewhat resembling a Trametes. Climacodon septentrionalis is typically in large overlapping clusters on maple. Spongipellis pachyodon has flattened teeth and angular pores.
Ecology
Saprobe on live and dead hardwoods.
Phenology
Apparently summer and fall. The Chicago record is from 31 July 2010.
Biogeography
Found in Europe and rare in North America. Some sources say its presence in North America is debatable, but the few herbarium records online include ones by A.H. Smith (Colorado) and Chuck Barrows (New Mexico). Is it possible that the American collections are actually Climacodon pulcherrimus? Microscopic examination would answer the question.
Chicago Region status
Rare.
Specimens examined
F has an 1898 specimen from Decatur, Iowa. There are NAMA collections from Illinois and Missouri (1999), Texas (2000), and Minnesota (2001).

Taxon Details and Links

Nomenclature
  • Hericium cirrhatum (Pers. : Fr.) Nikol., Trudy Botanicheskogo Instituta Akademii Nauk SSSR. Seriia 2, 5:343. (1950).
  • ≡ Basionym: Hydnum cirrhatum Pers., Neues Magazin für die Botanik 1: 109 (1794)
  • ≡ Sanctioned: Hydnum cirrhatum Pers. : Fr., Systema Mycologicum 1: 411 (1821)
  • Creolophus cirrhatus (Pers. : Fr.) P. Karst., Meddelanden af Societas pro Fauna et Flora Fennica 5: 42 (1879)
Type
Europe.
Taxonomy
Originally placed in Hydnum for having teeth. Its relationship to Hericium was not realized for 150 years. It was also transferred to Dryodon (1886) and Steccherinum (1963).
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Cite this page as: Leacock, P.R. (2017 Dec 25). Hericium cirrhatum - MycoGuide. Retrieved from http://www.mycoguide.com/guide/fungi/basi/agar/russ/heri/heri/cirrhatum

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