Hericium coralloides photo and description

Coral Hericium (Hericium coralloides)

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

Other names:

  • Coral mushroom
  • Blackberry trellis
  • Hericium branched
  • Hericium coral
  • Hericium coral
  • Hericium trellate

Coral Hericium (Hericium coralloides)

Fruiting body

Bushy, branched, 5-15 (20) cm in size, white or cream-colored, with long (0.5-2 cm) dense, even or curved, fragile thorns.


Spore powder is white.


Elastic, fibrous, white with a pleasant mushroom smell, later - tough.


The coral-shaped hedgehog grows from early July to mid-September on stumps and valezha deciduous species (aspen, oak, more often birch), singly, very rarely. Hericium coral is a rare or even very rare mushroom.

It is considered an edible mushroom.

Similar Species: Coral Hericium is unlike any other mushroom. That's the idea.

It is included in the Red Book of Russia.