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Auriscalpium vulgare
ear-pick fungus, ear-spoon fungus, pinecone mushroom, pinecone tooth

Habitat: Auriscalpium vulgare is found primarily on (often buried) Douglas-fir cones in the PNW. Elsewhere it can often be found on the cones of pine or occasionally spruce.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Common Names:

ear-pick fungus, ear-spoon fungus, pinecone mushroom, pinecone tooth

Identification Notes:

Auriscalpium vulgare is an unmistakable, but usually inconspicuous, fungus. It is small, dark brown, hairy, and the stipe is lateral. Current evidence suggests it is related to the gilled fungus Lentinellus, the coralloid Clavicorona, the poroid Albatrellus, and other relatives of the russulas, including the fellow spine-fungus, Hericium. The species epithet, “vulgare,” means common, and attests to the wide distribution of the fungus in much of North America, Europe, and temperate Asia.

Accepted Name:
Auriscalpium vulgare Gray

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Auriscalpium vulgare in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Auriscalpium vulgare photos.

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