Zoned hydnellum, Hydnellum concrescens (Pers.) Banker
Calodon fasciatus (Peck) Pat. [as ‘fasciatum‘]
Calodon zonatus (Batsch) P. Karst.
Hydnellum fasciatum (Peck) Coker & Beers
Hydnellum parvum Banker
Hydnellum queletii (Fr.) P. Karst. [as ‘Queleletii‘]
Hydnellum scrobiculatum f. parvum (Banker) D. Hall & D.E. Stuntz
Hydnellum scrobiculatum var. zonatum (Batsch) K.A. Harrison
Hydnellum subsuccosum K.A. Harrison
Hydnellum velutinum var. zonatum (Batsch) Maas Geest.
Hydnellum vespertilio (Berk.) Banker
Hydnellum zonatum (Batsch) P. Karst.
Hydnellum zonatum f. vespertilio (Berk.) Coker & Beers
Hydnum concrescens Pers.
Hydnum fasciatum Peck
Hydnum queletii Fr.
Hydnum scrobiculatum subsp. zonatum (Batsch) S. Lundell
Hydnum spathulatum Lloyd
Hydnum vespertilio Berk.
Hydnum zonatum Batsch
Phaeodon zonatus (Batsch) J. Schröt.
Concrescent corky spine fungus
Fruiting body: single, more often concrescent.
Cap: up to 5 cm broad, plane to depressed, margin evenly to irregularly lobed, tomentose to matted or glabrous, rugulose to rugose, pitted to asperate at disc, white, reddish white to dark brown; yellowish spots of excrement often present on dried sporophores; zonate or with concentric corrugations.
Context: up to 3.5 mm thick, not duplex, slightly zonate, concolorous with cap surface.
Stem: up to 3.3×1.2 cm, central, attenuating upward with a bulbous base, spongy tomentose, matted or glabrous, concolorous, context duplex, zonate, concolorous.
Spines: up to 2 mm long, decurrent, crowded, reddish white to reddish brown or violet brown.
Chemical reactions: context tissue blue green in KOH or NH4OH.
Spores: 6.5 x 4-4.8 µm, subglobose, brownish; tuberculate ornamentation.
Spore deposit: brown.
It is apparently very difficult to distinguish between this species and the morphologically similar H. scrobiculatum. Readers interested in reading how researchers used molecular geneticsto distiniguish between them should check out Parfitt et al., 2007. Due to its fewer appearances in recent years, H. concrescens is a ‘Biodiversity Action Plan’ species in the UK. See this issue of English Nature Research Reports for more details.
A Chinese research paper (Yang et al., 2007) has identified nine known compounds from the fruiting bodies of Hydnellum concrescens, including:
– thelephantin I
– thelephantin J
– thelephantin K
– thelephantin L
Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of H. concrescens and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 100% and 90%, respectively (Ohtsuka et al., 1973).
Ohtsuka S, Ueno S, Yoshikumi C, Hirose F, Ohmura Y, Wada T, Fujii T, Takahashi E.
Polysaccharides having an anticarcinogenic effect and a method of producing them from species of Basidiomycetes.
UK Patent 1331513, 26 September 1973.