Hello friends! So it is the end of June, once again I’m astounded that we are now half way through the year. But! Today we are talking about a mushroom. Fungi aren’t my favourite topic of conversation but I couldn’t resist because this one is so so cool. It’s sometimes referred to as Lion’s mane or bear’s head tooth fungus. It is Hericium americanum!
Size: The fruiting body (the fleshy bit) can grow from about 15-30cm big. That in the range of mushrooms is big!
Diet: It lives off of decaying broad-leaved trees. It is thought that this may be init ally a parasitic fungus.
Distribution: It is found as the name might suggest in america. Specifically in North East america.
Reproduction: Fungus reproduce with spores which can be many different colours. This fungus has a white spore print.
Conservation: These fungi are quite common in the states however they are a prized find. They are an edible fungi and can be quite expensive because of how big they are!
The Coolest Thing Ever About This Species:
The shape of the fruiting body is simply stunning. The ice crystal shapes when combined with many fruiting bodies can look like a frozen waterfall!