Hydnellum spongiosipes

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Hydnellum spongiosipes

9 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Top shaped, often several fused together, surface velvety then smooth, pale pinkish brown to yellow brown when young, then dark brown, to about 10 cm across

Spines

Pinkish to reddish brown, about 2 to 5 mm long

Stem

Stout, spongey, becoming water logged in wet weather, rooting, surface velvety, pinkish brown to dark brown, to about 2.5 cm across and 5 cm tall

Flesh

Tough, fibrous, moist, pinkish brown to dark brown, exuding a dark green to blackish stain on exposure to an alkaline solution such as KOH.

Smell

Mealy

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On sandy soil in deciduous woods, favouring oak, beech and sweet chestnut

Spore Print

Pale yellow brown

Microscopic Features

Spores subspherical, knobbly (6-7) x (5-5.5) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The name of this fungus derives from the spongey stem.

Additional Photographs

Hydnellum spongiosipes

29 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hydnellum spongiosipes

The same specimen as in the first photograph. 2 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hydnellum spongiosipes

29 September 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin