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Hydnum repandum grows widely in many countries and is relatively common on the ground in Australian forests. The cap and stem are pale peach in colour, and underneath instead of gills or pores are many delicate, fine, soft teeth. It is from there that the millions of microscopic white spores are continuously released. Hydnum repandum often forms rings among the moss and leaf litter of forest floors. Aside from the sweetly nutty taste, the texture of the hedgehog mushroom is "pleasantly crunchy". It has been commonly sited in the Barringtons and around Sydney.
Over the years mycologists have suspected a relationship between Hydnum repandum (sometimes named Dentinum repandum) and the Chanterelles. Hydnum repandum is easily mistaken from the top for a faded chanterelle. Hydnum repandum parallels the chanterelles microscopically, since it has stichobasidia (basidia whose cell division occurs lengthwise).