A picture of a Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Hericium erinaceus

Also known as

Monkey Head Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Fungus, Satyr's Beard, Bearded Hedgehog Mushroom, Pom Pom Mushroom

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A photograph of a lions mane mushroom Hericium erinaceus growing on a tree
A photograph of a lions mane mushroom Hericium erinaceus growing on a tree
A photograph of a lions mane mushroom Hericium erinaceus growing on a tree

Lion's Mane Mushroom Overview

The Lion's Mane Mushroom is a bulbous, creamy-white fungus which grows on the trunks of hardwood trees. It has a few other common names including Bearded Tooth Mushroom and Pom Pom Mushroom. It has both medicinal and edible qualities, and it is highly regarded as a delicacy in Asia. Due to its rarity, the collection of this fungus is prohibited in the UK. The fruiting bodies of this fungus represent large, football-sized structures with thousands of spine projections, similar to that of a stalagmite. It's most likely to be seen growing in woodlands with a long history of beech, for example, areas where old and collapsed trees remain on-site years after falling. This mushroom is considered rare in the UK. This means the large and distinctive fruiting bodies are seldom recorded by mycologists when surveying. It has been red-listed in 13 European countries to date.