Lion’s Mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) are unique fungi known for their distinctive “fruiting body” resembling a beard that emerges from wood. These mushrooms typically grow on dead or damaged hardwood trees such as oak, walnut, beech, maple, elm, and sycamore, and are found in temperate forests across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Lion’s Mane Spore Characteristics
Spores are produced within Lion’s Mane mushrooms’ fruiting body and released upon maturity. These spores are of interest for scientific research due to their unique characteristics. Under a microscope, Lion’s Mane spores exhibit fascinating features. They are typically globose to subglobose or subellipsoid in shape, measuring around 5-6 x 5.5-6 µm, and are smooth or minutely roughened. These spores are hyaline, meaning they are colorless and transparent, and react to iodine (amyloid), providing an intriguing aspect for study.
Research and Observation
Our Lion’s Mane liquid culture syringe contains mushroom spores suspended in sterilized water. It is intended for use in microscopy and taxonomy research, allowing researchers and enthusiasts to observe the spores’ morphology. Please note that our product is for educational and research purposes only.
Lion’s Mane mushrooms play an important role in their natural ecosystems, contributing to the decomposition of wood and nutrient cycling. While somewhat rare in the wild, they are known to grow higher on trees and have no toxic look-alikes, making them distinct in the mushroom community.
We encourage mycology enthusiasts and researchers to explore the fascinating world of Lion’s Mane mushrooms, understanding their natural habitat, ecological importance, and unique spore characteristics.
The cultivation of Lion’s Mane mushrooms from these spores is not recommended and may be subject to legal restrictions.
*All psilocybin mushroom spores are intended for microscopy research only. Spores are not intended for consumption. Orders requesting shipment to California, Idaho, & Georgia will be denied. Please check with your local laws and regulations before ordering.*