National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Tiered Tooth

1 Comment

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.


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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s