Hydnellum peckii is an inedible fungus, and a member of the genus
Hydnellum of the Bankeraceae family. It is a hydnoid species, producing
spores on the surface of vertical spines or tooth-like projections that
hang from the undersurface of the fruit bodies. It is found in North
America, Europe, and was recently discovered in Iran (2008) and Korea
(2010). Hydnellum peckii is a mycorrhizal species, and forms mutually
beneficial relationships with a variety of coniferous trees, growing on
the ground singly, scattered, or in fused masses. The fruit bodies
typically have a funnel-shaped cap with a white edge, although the
shape can be highly variable. Young, moist fruit bodies can "bleed" a
bright red juice that contains a pigment known to have anticoagulant
properties similar to heparin. The unusual appearance of the young
fruit bodies has earned the species several descriptive common names,
including the bleeding tooth fungus and Devil's tooth. Although the
fruit bodies are readily identifiable when young, they become brown and
nondescript when they age.
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