Phylum:Basidiomycota >> Class: Basidiomycetes >>  Order: Russulales 
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 Scientific Name: Hericium erinaceum

Hericium erinaceum (Bull. : Fr.) Pers., Mycol. Eur. 2: 153. 1825.

Steccheyinum quercinum S. F. Gray, Nat. Arr. Br. Pl. 1: 651. 1821.

Basionym: Hydnum erinaceae Bull., Herb. France Pl. 34. 1789.

Hericium commune Rogues., Hist. Champ. Comest. Ven. 47. 1832.

 Description: Fruit body oval to roundish solid or headlike mass, 5-20 cm tall and across, white, becoming yellowish, long, hanging beardlike spines; stipe stout, tough. Hymenium spine-like 1-5 cm long, smooth. Spore print white, spores round, hyaline, smooth, 5-7 × 5-6 μm, I+. Cystidia not seen but gloeoplerous hyphae ends in the hymenium, 30-38 × 4-8 μm. Basidia clavate, 18-22 × 5-6 μm, with 4 sterigmata and basal clamp. Hyphal system monomitic, hyphae 3-6 μm across, hyphae septa with clamp.

Taiwan, Miaoli: Tahu, 10 Jan. 1996, C.Y. Tseng, CWN 01366 (TNM F4728).

 Habitat: Lignicolous. On dead standing hardwood.

Europe, North America, Japan, China, and Taiwan.


Bon, M. 1987; Imazeki, R. and Hong, T. 1989; Smith, AH. et al. 1981.


W. N. Chou

 Note: This species is edible and delicious. It has long been commercially cultivated in Taiwan.