Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides habitat
Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides
Hericium coralloides
         Hericium coralloides
Found during the summer and fall growing from decaying wood, this
coral/toothed mushroom is prevalent on logs and branches of American
Beech (
Fagus grandifolia).  Young specimens (above) are very spiny and
branch out from a central point.  Largest example shown here (top left) is
7 inches across and 5 inches high; can become twice as large.
Mature specimens of Hericium coralloides have comb tooth like spines that
hang down about one centimeter.  
Hericium americanum is similar but has
longer spines and larger spores.  Another showy
Hericium, H. erinaceus, has
long spines also, but lacks any type of branching structure.
See Hericium coralloides at
Fungi Growing on Wood