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Hydnum repandum

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by Michael Kuo

Often called the "hedgehog mushroom," Hydnum repandum is easily recognized by its pale orange-tan colors, its terrestrial habitat, and the spines or "teeth" on its underside. Over the years mycologists have suspected a relationship between Hydnum repandum (sometimes named Dentinum repandum) and the chanterelles. In fact the hedgehog mushroom is easily mistaken for a faded chanterelle--until you get a peek at its spiny underside. Aside from appearance, taste, and smell, however, the hedgehog parallels the chanterelles microscopically, since it has stichobasidia (basidia whose cell division occurs lengthwise). I am not aware of any DNA research confirming the relationship, though I suspect it has been published, since the current Dictionary of the Fungi places the Hydnaceae within the Cantharellales.

Dentinum repandum is a synonym.

Varieties and similar species: var. macrosporum has, you guessed it, larger spores; H. albomagnum is southern in distribution and has a mild taste; H. albidum is also southern, has smaller spores, and tastes acrid.


Ecology: Mycorrhizal with hardwoods or conifers; growing alone or gregariously; summer and fall; widely distributed in North America.

Cap: 2-17 cm wide; broadly convex, becoming flat with a central depression; the margin inrolled at first, eventually wavy and reminiscent of Cantharellus cibarius; dry; fairly smooth; dull orange-tan or paler.

Undersurface: Running down the stem; covered with spines or "teeth" that are 2-7 mm long; pale or dull orange; bruising dark orange or yellowish brown.

Stem: 3-10 cm long; 1-3 cm thick; sometimes somewhat off-center; dry; smooth; whitish or colored like the cap; bruising brownish.

Flesh: Whitish; often discoloring yellowish when exposed or bruised; sometimes with zones of color; brittle.

Taste: Mild or peppery; odor mild.

Spore Print: White.

Microscopic Features: Spores 6.5-9 x 5.5-8 µ; broadly elliptical or almost round; smooth.

REFERENCES: (Linnaeus) Fries, 1821. (Smith, 1949; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Persson, 1997.) Herb. Kuo 09289621, 02200307.

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Hydnum repandum

Hydnum repandum

Hydnum repandum

Hydnum repandum

Hydnum repandum

Hydnum umbilicatum:

Hydnum umbilicatum

Differs from Hydnum repandum as follows:

  • Stem: Less than 1 cm wide.
  • Cap: Often centrally depressed.
  • Spores: Larger, more elliptical (7.5-9 x 6-7.5 µ).
  • Habitat: Conifer bogs.

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