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Hericium americanum Comb ToothThe fruitbody consists of a thick support stalk, arising from the side of a log or stump, that produces a series of fertile branches. Each branch bears pendant clusters of spines. Spines are white at first, becoming creamy and finally brownish in age and up to 40 mm long. Widespread and fairly common, this Hericium fruits from the sides of hardwood logs. There has been considerable confusion in the literature in naming H. coralloides, H. ramosum, and H. americanum. This North American species is often referred to H. coralloides in earlier books. Edible.