Hericium erinaceus photo and description

Hericium erinaceus (Hericium erinaceus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Russulales
  • Family: Hericiaceae (Hericiaceae)
  • Genus: Hericium (Gericium)
  • Species: Hericium erinaceus (Hericium Erinaceus)


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Hericium erinaceus (Hericium erinaceus)

Hericium erinaceus (lat. Hericium erinaceus ) - Mushroom family hericiaceae order Russula.

External description

Sedentary, rounded fruiting body, irregular in shape and without legs, with hanging long spines, the length of which is up to 2-5 centimeters, slightly yellow when dry. White fleshy flesh. White spore powder.


Edible. The mushroom tastes like shrimp meat.


It grows in the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur Region, in the north of China, the Primorsky Territory, in the Crimea and the foothills of the Caucasus. It is very rare in forests on the trunks of living oaks, in their hollows and on stumps. In most countries it is listed in the Red Book.