Way-Out Wednesday: Wacky Plants Sketchbook–Bleeding Tooth Fungus!

Bleeding Tooth Fungus,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Bleeding Tooth Fungus,© 2015 Liz Vitale

This horrid-looking thing is known by many names: Strawberries and Cream, the Bleeding Hydnellum, the Bleeding Tooth Fungus, the Red-juice Tooth, and the Devil’s Tooth. Young specimens “bleed” a red fluid, but can also be light pink, yellow, orange or beige in color. The juice itself contains a pigment called atromentin, which has been discovered as having anticoagulant properties similar to heparin.

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