Hericium yellow (Hydnum repandum) photo and description

Hericium yellow (Hydnum repandum)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Cantharellales (Chanterelle (Cantarella))
  • Family: Hydnaceae (Hericium)
  • Genus: Hydnum (Hydnum)
  • Species: Hydnum repandum (Yellow Hericium)

Other names:

  • Hericium notched

  • Hydnum notched
  • Dentinum notched

Hericium yellow

Hericium yellow ( lat.Hydnum repandum ) is a mushroom of the genus Hydnum of the Hericium family.

Yellow Sheep's Man's Hat:

It is yellowish in color (from almost white to orange - depending on the growing conditions), smooth, 6-12 cm in diameter, flat, with curved edges, often irregular in shape, often fuses with the caps of other mushrooms. The cuticle does not come off. The pulp is whitish, thick, dense, with a pleasant smell.

Spore-bearing layer:

On the back of the cap there are pointed spines that easily break off and crumble. The color is somewhat paler than the cap.

Spore powder:



Length up to 6 cm, diameter up to 2.5 cm, cylindrical, compact (sometimes with cavities), often widened at the base, somewhat paler than the cap.


It grows from July to October (mainly in August) in large groups in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests, preferring a moss cover.

Similar species:

Yellow Hericium is very similar to the reddish-yellow Hericium (Hydnum rufescens), which is smaller and has a reddish shade of the cap. But most often, Hydnum repandum is confused with the Common Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarus). And it's not that scary. Another thing is bad: apparently, considering the Yellow Ezhok to be an inedible mushroom, they break it, knock it down and trample it for its resemblance to the folk chanterelle. Morons, eh?


Hericium yellow Normal edible mushroom. In my opinion, absolutely indistinguishable in taste from chanterelles. All sources indicate that in old age, Hericium yellow is bitter, and therefore inedible. Do what you want, but I did not notice anything like that, although I tried. Probably, the bitterness of a black man's mane is something from the category of inedibleness of a spruce mushroom. "It happens."


All this, of course, is very subjective, but for me Hydnum repandum was and remains a kind of "almost chanterelle". It seems that consumer qualities are exactly the same, but - a little bit different. A little, just a little, but not that. And he crumbles, unlike more willingly, and some kind of dryish - the chanterelle itself is rubber rubber, and then there is also dryness - and the worms eat him, even if not very willingly, but it happens ... And they also write, he sometimes tastes bitter ... But , be that as it may, this mushroom is still a good and reliable one. And it can be terribly insulting to find whole plantations of a hedgehog, beaten, trampled, broken ... And you can always see: they broke it on purpose. Not just turned up under the foot. Eh, I think at such a moment, to meet lovers ...

However, it happened, and met. Once I met on a forest path a couple of mushroom pickers, grandfather and grandmother, both summer residents. And I am with a basket, half yellow from hedgehogs. We talked about roads and directions. My grandfather came up to me, looked into the korizin, said: "You've got some toadstools!", And set out to help me get rid of suspicious mushrooms. And then I realized whose arts the whole forest is full of ...

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