Bitter Hedgehog Sarcodon scabrosus (Fries) P. A. Karsten  


Found solitary or in groups in forests.


Cap: Pinkisk to blackish-brown, surface soon becoming cracked and scaly showing yellow-brown beneath; scales appressed to partially erect at center; convex to nearly flat; white flesh is firm and brittle. Fertile surface: Pale brown to gray spines; decurrent. Stalk: Colored like cap with blue-green areas near base; smooth, dry; tapers up, base swollen (J. Solem, pers. comm.). Similar S. imbricatus lacks blue-green at base
of stalk (W. Roody).

There are 7 records in the project database.

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Bitter Hedgehog (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/17/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Bitter Hedgehog (fertile surface with spines) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/17/2009). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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