Common: Wood Urchin, Wood Hedgehog, Pied de Mouton
Latin: Hydnum repandum
Eating notes: Not the strongest flavour, but a good firm texture. Benefits from long slow cooking.
Preserving: Can be dried. Freezes well.
Cap: 5-15cm Pinkish-buff. Sometimes orangey-pink. Irregularly lobed with an in-rolled margin.
Fruit body: Usually single but sometimes two or more fuse into a composite fruit body.
Gills: Has short spines rather than gills. Spines are same colour as cap and slightly decurrent.
Stem: Short, stout and brittle. Often off-centre. Paler than the cap.
Spores: White or pale cream.
Flesh: Firm, brittle, pale yellow-cream.
Habitat: In troops on the ground in deciduous or coniferous woods.