Genus Hericium Pers.

The correct names and concepts for the American Hericium were straightened out with mating studies by Ginns (1985). Field guides before this time had different concepts for some of the species. We have four species in the Chicago Region and elsewhere in North America. Hericium abietis is an additional American species that occurs in the west.

  1. Hericium abietis (western North America)
  2. Hericium americanum (formerly Hericium coralloides name misapplied)
  3. Hericium cirrhatum (formerly Creolophus cirrhatus)
  4. Hericium coralloides (formerly Hericium ramosum)
  5. Hericium erinaceus (misspelled erinaceum)

Taxon Details and Links

  • Hericium Pers., Neues Magazin für die Botanik 1: 109 (1794). Type: Hydnum coralloides Scop., Flora carniolica 2: 472, no 1602 (1772).
Note that Hericium cirrhatum is a toothed bracket.
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Ginns, J. 1985. Hericium in North America: cultural characteristics and mating behavior. Canadian Journal of Botany 63(9): 1551-1563. DOI: 10.1139/b85-215
Harrison, K. A. 1973. The genus Hericium in North America. Michigan Botanist 12: 177-194. [The Michigan Botanist Volumes 1-36]
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