Hericium erinaceus

Range & Status

This weakly parasitic or saprotrophic species grows mainly on the wounds and knotholes of old, living and dead trunks of deciduous trees. Here, it often grows high up on its host trees which are usually Beech Fagus sylvatica and more rarely on Oak Quercus spp. A very rare species which is virtually confined to old deciduous woodland in southern and south-western England. In Cornwall there has only ever been one record for this species, by a former recorder for Cornwall, in the Tresillian area (near Truro) in 1983. This species is a UK BAP List Priority Species which is internationally threatened.