Upright Coral fungus Ramaria stricta

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:

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