Hydnellum peckii Banker
Family: Bankeraceae
Bile Tooth
Hydnellum peckii image
National Mushroom Centre  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: No local name known

Edibility: Unknown

Habitat: Growing solitary, scattered or clustered together and terrestrial.

Description: Fruiting bodies: 4-10 cm, convex to flattened and sometimes slightly depressed in the centre. It is more or less uneven, somewhat round to irregular. Upper surface:  Usually has a dense covering of "hairs". It is initially whitish, but later turns slightly brownish with irregular blotches of dark-brown to nearly black colour where it is bruised. In maturity, the surface is fibrous and tough, greyish-brown in the central part, and somewhat woody. Hymenophore: Cylindrical and tapering teeth, less than 5 mm and pinkish-white initially and greyish-brown as it matures. They are crowded together, with 3-5 teeth/mm. Stem: Thick, very short, and often deformed. It becomes bulbous where it inserts into the ground, and may root into the ground for several centimetres. It is up to a cm wide, 2-3 cm tall above the ground. The upper part of the stem is covered with spines like the underside of the fruiting body; the lower part of the stem is hairy and often encases debris from the forest floor. Flesh: Pale pinkish-brown. Spore Print:  Brown.

Comments: The bright red droplets that cling to the surface of the cap in moist weather make this a striking and easily -identified mushroom. As in other Hydnellums, the cap varies considerably in colour and texture according to age and environmental conditions.