(Hawks Wing, Hydnum imbricatum, Scaly Urchin, Shingled Hedgehog)
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Sarcodon imbricatus grows at higher elevations in coniferous woods. S. imbricatus very common in Colorado.
Also known as Hydnum imbricatum. This is a good mushroom for beginners as nothing looks quite like it and its easy to distingish. There are no known poisonous look alikes. Edibility is best in younger specimens. Tastes very mushroomy with a slight bitterness. They tend to get infested with bugs rather quickly after fruiting.
A close relative Sarcodon Scabrosus has been found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Oct 01 2014 12:00 AM