My favorite time of the month is back with another wildly interesting plant of the week segment! This weeks plant of the week is a little…off putting in appearance, but don’t let that deter you from reading about it! Found in Scotland as well as the in areas of Northern Europe and America, it is a rare beauty to find. Let’s get into the details and discuss Hydnellum peckii, or the Devil’s Tooth!
Despite its rather murder-scene-like appearance this particular fungus is edible. In fact, it’s in the name! Hydnellum is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning edible mushroom. Though the red “blood” is supposedly quite bitter and it is small, so you probably will not be ordering this at any restaurants. Growing in different shapes and colors, there are features to look for when identifying. Its fruiting bodies have pink tones and young caps adorn the red liquid on their white skin. This fungus is found only in coniferous woodland areas and almost exclusively with pine trees in late summer or fall.
Want to read more about this plant?! Check out this website.