Montag, 30. September 2013

The Most Bizarre and Beautiful Mushrooms on Earth

The unusual appearance of these mushrooms has earned the species several descriptive common names, including strawberries and cream, the bleeding Hydnellum, the bleeding tooth fungus, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil's tooth. Hydnellum peckii is an inedible fungus, and a member of the genus Hydnellum of the family Bankeraceae. It produces spores on the surface of tooth-like vertical spines that hang from the underside of the fruit bodies. It is found in North America and Europe and, in the last few years, was also discovered in Iran (2008) and Korea (2010). Though they don't seem to be poisonous, they have an extremely bitter taste and so are inedible.

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