Sarcodon squamosus (Scaly Tooth)
Cap 10-25 cm diameter, stem 4-7 cm tall * 2-4 cm thick
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Sarcodon squamosus, also known as Scaly Tooth, is a large mushroom that has a coarsely scaly, pale brown cap with dark greyish, spiny under-surface. It grows particularly with pines, solitary or in scattered groups, on the soil in coniferous woods.

Cap pale brown, decorated with coarse darker grey scales, erect at the centre, more flattened towards the incurved margin, arranged in concentric rows. It is at first shallowly convex, then flattened or slightly depressed at the centre. It is at first whitish, becoming grey, remaining pallid at the base, equal or somewhat clavate towards the base, downy. Flesh white, thick in the cap centre and firm. Spines 4 to 10mm long, decurrent, white or pale buff, turning purple-brown with age. Stem white, becoming brown at maturity and centrally positioned. The stem flesh is white throughout. Spore print brown.

Microscopic Features: Spores are irregularly spherical or sub-globose, measuring 6.5-8 x 5-6┬Ám, ornamented with prominent warts.

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