National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Tiered Tooth

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Tiered toothTiered Tooth
A great find on our fungi foray was this fine specimen of tiered tooth, Hericium cirrhatum, growing on an old sallow. The Latin name refers to a hedgehog due its spiny appearance but, to me, it looked like a miniature frozen waterfall with its hanging spines resembling tiny icicles.
There are only four previous Dorset records of this unusual wood-rotting fungus that is usually associated with damaged or fallen beech trees.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

One thought on “Tiered Tooth

  1. It looks like a frozen waterfall – very beautiful

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