|Gows on 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 auditory 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 consumption,
caution should be exercised at all times.