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Northern Tooth (Climacodon septentrionalis)

Northern Tooth (Climacodon septentrionalis)

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Description:

Climacodon septentrionalis is a species of polypore fungus in the family Meruliaceae. It is a plant pathogen. Originally named Hydnum septentrionale by Elias Magnus Fries in 1821, it was transferred to the genus Climacodon by Peter Karsten in 1881. It is a parasite on the wounds of deciduous trees, especially sugar maple, beech and ash.  It can also fruit on standing dead trees. From a distance, Climacodon septentrionalis looks like it is a polypore growing in tiered layers, but its spore-bearing surfaces are actually ‘toothed’ having spines rather than pores. This fungus causes rot of the tree’s heartwood.

Habitat:

It is a parasite on the wounds of deciduous trees, especially sugar maple, beech and ash.

 Edibility:

N/A

 Similar Species: 

Climacodon pulcherrimus

 References:

https://www.mushroomexpert.com/climacodon_septentrionalis.html