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Hericium americanum   (Bear's head)
North America
Body 15–20 cm across, spines 2-8 cm long
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Hericium americanum, also known as Bear's head, is a large mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. It grows on dead broadleaf trees and on fallen trunks and branches; perhaps initially parasitic on dying broadleaf trees.

Fruiting body usually has several branches. White or pale yellow-brown turning darker with age, the fruitbody is attached to the substrate by a very short, broad stipe. Stem very short if present.

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