Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Hydnum repandum for a time known in Field Guides as Dentinum repandum , the Spreading Hedgehog Mushroom, often resembles a yellow or a white chanterelle until you pick it up and observe the distinctive spines on the underside of the cap. Hydnum repandum comes in a white-capped variant and an egg-yellow to orange capped variant. Both are edible and choice. There are a number of other species with short to long spines on the underside of the cap and some are bitter while others are tough and inedible. Never the less, Hydnum repandum is readily distinguished from other more or less inedible species. The only close look-alike is Hydnum umbilicatum, a small edible egg-yellow to orange capped species with a sunken cap center.