Shingled Hedgehog Mushroom

Shingled Hedgehog Mushroom, Vancouver Island, BC
Shingled Hedgehog Mushroom, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

Sarcodon imbricatus, commonly known as the shingled, bitter, hawkwing, or scaly hedgehog, is a tooth fungus in the order Thelephorales. They call this mushroom edible but as the name implies, it’s quite bitter to the taste.  Look for a mushroom that has a large, dark cap with brown scales. This mushroom can reach up to 30 cm wide. Look beneath to see the teeth, on this mushroom they have a grayish color.

Look for them throughout the summer months and right up to the end of October. They are a ground-growing mushroom and can be found in conifer forests that have a mixture of deciduous trees. They are common right across North America and you can find them on Vancouver Island.

The shingled hedgehog mushroom can have a chocolate smell with a hint of smokiness. It looks like a hawk’s wing and is quite beautiful to observe. It’s always a pleasure to see these large wonders of the forests as we are out hiking.

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