the ground singly, scattered, or in groups. A fairly common species, it
is often found on sandy soil, in nutrient-poor locations, or
in oak-pine woods.
1 - 5 cm wide.
Fruits: June - December.
Not known with certainty, and there have been conflicting reports in
this regard, with some listing it as safe to eat, and others describing
it as poisonous. The species is used in Mexico to produce
hallucinations, although chemical analysis of fruit bodies has not
revealed the presence of any substances that would cause this effect.
The spines eventually fall off in irregular sheets.
When picking any fungus for
caution should be exercised at all times.