A picture of a Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus

Igelstachelbart Nov 06 by Lebrac (CC BY-SA 3.0)

More images of Hericium erinaceus

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

Hericium erinaceus 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.