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The Northern Tooth Fungi (Climacadon septentrionale) is a parasitic fungi which occurs mainly on Sugar Maple trees. It is a sign of heart-rot in the affected trees. This is a very distinct tooth fungi and is listed as non-edible. I searched the internet and found a few sites that listed recipes for this fungi; but most stated that it wasn't a very good edible. So, why bother? This particular fungi in the photo has fruited for several years on this tree. I have always managed to put off taking a photo of it; never thinking to do it until it was too late and the fungi had wilted or froze. I looked at several photos of this species on-line. Most of the photos were from the Northeast and the fruiting body was more to the whiter side of the spectrum. The best match I found to this one was some specimans from Georgia. Maybe ours are southern Northern Tooth.