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Echinodontium tinctorium.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

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  • pt
  • synonyms: Indian Paint Fungus
    Echinodontium tinctorium Mushroom
    Ref No: 7686
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    location: North America
    edibility: Inedible
    fungus colour: Red or redish or pink, Black or blackish
    normal size: over 15cm
    cap type: Other
    stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
    spore colour: Light to dark brown
    habitat: Grows on wood

    Echinodontium tinctorium (Ellis & Ev.) Ellis & Ev. Indian Paint Fungus Fruit body perennial; no stem. Bracket up to 40cm across, 30cm wide, 20cm thick, hoof-shaped; upper surface dark dull brown to olive-black, bristly and hairy becoming hard, brittle, and cracking concentrically into blocks. Teeth up to 3cm long, flattened, thin and brittle at first, becoming thick and stout with blunt ends and crowded in age; pale to pinkish, grayish buff. Flesh up to 5cm thick, with blackish brittle upper layer 2mm thick, hard, woody, zoned; brick red. Spores ellipsoid, smooth to minutely spiny, amyloid, 6-8 x 4.5-6. Deposit white. Hyphal structure dimitic. Habitat under branch stubs on coniferous wood, usually western grand fir and western hemlock. Found in western North America from Alaska to Mexico. Season all year. Not edible.

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