Last Updated - 2.24.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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Aborted Armillaria
Armillaria abortivum
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Formerly
Aborted entoloma

Almost Bluing
King Boletus

Boletus subcaerulescens

Artist's Conk
Ganoderma applanatum

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus

Black Trumpets
Craterellus fallax

Blewits
Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Chaga
Inonotus obliquus

Comb Tooth
Hericium coralloides

Common Laccaria
Laccaria laccata

Corrugated Cap Milky
Lactarius corrugis

Dryad's Saddle
Polyporus squamosus

Giant Puffball
Langemannia gigantea

Golden Chanterelle
Cantharellus cibarius

Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Dentinum repandum

Hedgehog Little
Dentinum umbilicatum

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Honey Mushrooms
Armilleria mellea

Horn of Plenty
Craterellus cornucopioides

Horse Mushroom
Agaricus arvensis

Hygrophorus Milky
Lactarius hygrophoroides

Lilac Bolete
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Hericium erinaceus

Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Agaricus compestris

Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Quilted Green Russula
Russula virescens

Red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Rooted Oudemansiella
Oudemansiella radicata

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Smooth Chanterelle
Cantharellus lateritius

Tinder Fungus
Fomes fomentarius

Turkey Tail
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor

Voluminous-latex Milky
Lactarius volemus

Winter Chanterelle
Cantharellus tubaeformis
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RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE

The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Hericium coralloides ( sometimes H. ramosum )

Comb Tooth

These are very often seen from quite a distance. Many times you will find these on the darkest, almost black, logs of dead deciduous trees. You will be walking through the woods and it will look like someone nailed a white piece of paper to tree or old snag and as you walk closer to investigate you will see it as being the Comb Tooth - Hericium coralloides.
I've seen little specimens, such as the one in my hand in the photo lower down, from over a hundred yards away in the forest gloom. It's as if the mushroom is signaling, "Hey, over here" !
Photo of a Comb Tooth mushroom - Hericium coralloides

When you find these Hericium mushrooms you don't have to review all the fine details about gill color, spacing and stalk attachment, no need for determining spore print color, cap color, odor,
( mushroom scents - now there's a subject for a book. Do you even know what 'fruity', 'mealy' or 'unripe olives' smell like? ), etc., etc. When you see the little spines on these you know you have a safe edible.
Plus these are great!

Here is one I am holding so you can get an idea of the sizes involved. They do get bigger however than the one I'm holding. The smaller ones are the younger ones and therefore the fresher ones for eating.
Photo of Hericium coralloides being held

Several branching arms terminating in clusters of spines sticking out. Grows on live deciduous trees ( preferably beech - as a parasite) and old downed trees and branches ( as a saprophyte).
White when fresh slowly turning pinkish/brown upon aging.

Here are three excellent specimens.
Photo of Hericium coralloides being held

Best practice is to cut off the cluster as close to the tree or branch as possible so as not to separate the various branching arms thereby keeping it all in one chunk. A larger knife will be a benefit.
Remember the spot where found. It will probably appear for several years if the conditions are still favorable.


Scientific studies indicate that this mushroom group - Hericium - has a factor that increases nerve activity and cognitive ability. Also a chemical derived from it has a toxic effect on round worms. Further studies are underway for obtaining a medication to help in the treatment of Alsheimer's disease.


Hericium coralloides ( sometimes Hericium ramosum ) - A/K/A - Comb Tooth.
DATE - September 15 and September 26.
FOUND - Laurel Hill State Park - near Bakersville, Pennsylvania.
growing along a large downed and unidentifiable tree, looked like it may have been an old beech from the general size and shape and the numerous other Beech trees in the vacinity.

Weather conditions: Dry. The two weeks prior to finding this one our area was more on the dry side.

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