Black Tooth Phellodon niger (Fries) P. A. Karsten  

Status:

Found scattered or in groups fused together on ground under conifers (sometimes
hardwoods).

Description:

Cap: White, pale gray becoming purple-black in age, often concentrically zoned; velvety; ridged near margin; flat or concave; flesh purplish/brownish-black, tough with two layers (top light, lower dark). Fertile surface: Covered with spines which are at first
blue-gray, soon gray/purplish-black; decurrent. (Spore print is white
which distinguishes it from any of the Hydnellums, which have brown
spores.) Stalk: Covered with spines or woolly tomentum, often swollen at base (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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Black Tooth (fused caps) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/15/2011). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Black Tooth (fertile surface) in Howard Co., Maryland (10/15/2011). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)


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