An easily identified mushroom with a great taste that grows in many types of woodland.
|Common Names||Terracotta Hedgehog (EN), Terracotta Wood Urchin, Rufous Hedgehog, Pigau Draenog Cochlyd (CY), Kolczak Rudawy (PL), Sárgásvörös Gereben (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Hydnum rufescens|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||7|
|Average Cap width (CM)||4|
Terracotta, red orange coloured lighter towards the edges. It has a fine woolly texture with unevenly lobed edges and quite often the cap sits eccentrically on the stem.
Has off white to pinkish spines that are easily brushed off. The spines do not run down the stem like they do on the Wood Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum).
The Hedgehog Fungus (Hydnum repandum), pictured, is very similar but is usually lighter in colour and has a shorter stem with decurrent spines, (running down the stem).
Taste / Smell
Mild but mushroomy.