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Ramaria stricta

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ramaria stricta (Rechte koraalzwam (BE) / Upright Coral (EN) / Steife Koralle (DE) / Ramaire droite (FR)) is a fungus in the Gomphaceae family. It is another coral-like structure but not close related to the coral-like species I showed before. It grows from wood but this is often buried. It features branches that are usually "strictly" oriented, so that they are mostly straight and ascending. When fresh, its branch tips are yellow and its branches are dull yellowish buff, but its surfaces bruise and discolor purplish brown.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 19/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/30 second F/4.0 ISO 200 60 mm

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kitty from Seoul, South Korea

This is really like coral, stunning ^^

4 Oct 2010 9:05am

@kitty: It is amazing how these fungi are shaped. I just adore this coral-shaped species. But they are realy rare so you have to get lucky to find them.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

I went this WE hunting in the woods to find mushrooms like yours.....nothing

4 Oct 2010 9:07am

@Veronique: Don't tell me tere weren't any mushrooms out there ? To find the coral-shaped ones you have to be lucky to be in the right place at the right time and ... to see them anyway. Most of them are realy small and colors resemble the environment ... so hard to see them even when you are only 1 m away ... But don't panic. I did not see them on my first trip or on every trip I make... just keep your eyes wide open and once you'll find them for sure ! Don't get frustrated by the species you did not find, just enjoy the ones you acually did find and do try to see their beauty ... !!!

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

What a fantastic specimen, it does look as if it belongs in the sea.

4 Oct 2010 9:10am

@Christine: Indeed, Christine. I just can't figure out why this species (and the other similar formed ones) have this coral-shape. There has to be an ecological explannation. Meanwhile I just enjoy them !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Deine Serie ist so vielfältig und wunderschön - einfach einmalig !

4 Oct 2010 12:16pm

@Loner: Thank you so much, Sonja. I'm totaly in the mushroom-world for now and every time I just am wondered about the diversity of shapes, structures, colors etc they display. This year is in Belgian exceptional good for mushrooms so I'm very lucky to find some unusal species (like this one) too.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands


4 Oct 2010 9:57pm

@Mascha: Het is een wondermooie verschijning. Voor mij was het de eerste keer dat ik deze soort in de vrije natuur kon bewonderen. Vergeet ik nooit meer !

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

I have never seen this species before, I thought it was marine life. Excellent shot.

5 Oct 2010 1:50am

@Michael: For me it also was the first time I did see this species. The resemblance with coral is striking, isn't it ? The world of mushrooms is full of surprises. Thanks for your visit and comment, Michael.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

That is really beautiful. I like the depth to this group and how it is surrounded by soil and moss.

5 Oct 2010 2:07am

@Julie Brown: I think this one is the most beautiful mushroom-species i have seen so far... The structure is just so amazingly beautiful.

Canon EOS 400D
1/30 second
ISO 200
60 mm