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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