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Hydnum repandum


Caps of Hydnum repandum are 6–15 cm wide; broadly convex, becoming planoconvex or flat; the margin inrolled at first, becoming wavy and broadly scalloped; dry; bald; becoming finely pocked; pale orange to nearly white. The undersurfaces are usually just beginning to run down the stem; covered with densely packed, soft spines that are round in cross-section and measure 2–5 mm long; creamy to very pale orange; not bruising. Stems are 3–6 cm long; 1–2.5 cm thick; sometimes somewhat off-center; dry; smooth; whitish; not bruising.


Mycorrhizal with hardwoods or conifers, especially spruces and beech; growing gregariously on the ground; summer and fall.


Spotted in a broadleaf forest near Gortel, Veluwe, Holland. (sources: see reference)

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Jae 7 months ago

That must have been a funny sight. Not saying they aren't around, but I have only rarely seen a cockroach here in the Netherlands, and then only in urban areas. Definitely never saw one eating a mushroom :) It's mostly slugs, snails and beetles that munch away at the mushrooms overhere.

tomk3886 7 months ago

I always wonder what is eating chunks out of a fungus. Once I saw a large cockroach, standing on its hind legs, eating a mushroom cap. The roach ate quite a large chunk out of it.

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Emst, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 5, 2020
Submitted on Oct 8, 2020

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