Scientific Name: Ramaria stricta (Gomphaceae). 'Ramaria' means 'having branches'; 'stricta' means 'upright'.
English Name: Upright Coral fungus (Coral fungus family).
French Name: La Clavaire droite (='straight club'); Clavaire dressée (='upright club'); Ramaire droite (='straight branches').
5 Key Characters:
- all branches completely upright.
- white to buff coloured.
- smooth, rubbery and coral like in appearance, sometimes flattened.
- branches have multiple upward pointing forks with pointy tips.
- turns dark red when damaged.
Lookalikes: Ramaria formosa, which is pink or coral coloured and much rarer.
Habitat: Forests, often under Beech Fagus sylvaticus or conifers.
Fruiting Period: July-August-September-October-November.
Status: Quite common.
Edible or Toxic? Not edible (other Ramaria spp are toxic).
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: