Last Updated - 2.24.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Hericium coralloides ( sometimes H. ramosum )
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.
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,
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.
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).
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.
Hericium coralloides ( sometimes Hericium ramosum ) - A/K/A - Comb Tooth.
Weather conditions: Dry. The two weeks prior to finding this one our area was more on the dry side.