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Ramaria formosa

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 December 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Ramaria formosa (NL: Fraaie koraalzwam / EN: Beautiful clavaria, Pink coral fungus / DE: Dreifarbige Koralle, Schöne Koralle / FR: Clavaire élégante) is a fungus in the Gomphaceae family. The coral-shape fruiting body of Ramaria formosa grows to a height of 20 cm. It is a many-branched coral-like structure, the lemon-yellow tipped pinkish-ochraceous to orange-pink branches arising from a thick base. Old specimens may fade so the original colour is hard to distinguish.Terminal branches are less than 0.5 cm in diameter. The flesh is white, an important feature as edible members of the genus have yellowish flesh. Fruiting in autumn, Ramaria formosa is associated with beech and is found in Europe and North America. It is widely held to be mildly poisonous if consumed, giving rise to acute gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and colicky pain.

Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 24/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

This is an interesting fungi. Great focus.

2 Dec 2011 5:03am

@Jaytee: It is always a delight to find a coral-shaped fungus. The structures belong more into the see then into the woods ... Thanks again for your comment, Jaytee. Have a nice weekend !

sietske from roermond, Netherlands

is zeker een fraaie koraalzwam, wat een mooie kleur & DOF.
groet Sietske

2 Dec 2011 5:58pm

@sietske: Het was een bijzonder mooi gevormd exemplaar en gelukkig nog niet te oud zodat de bijzondere kleuren (het roze en gele bij mekaar) nog heel goed zichtbaar waren. Wanneer ze ouder worden gaan de kleurschakkeringen jammer genoeg verloren. Fijn weekend voor je !

Theys Roland from loverval, Belgium

Very good photo!

2 Dec 2011 10:43pm

@Theys Roland: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Roland.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow, that really does look like coral! Awesome structure and you captured the color and detail beautifully.

3 Dec 2011 12:40am

@Julie L. Brown: It is always weard to find a coral-like structure as a fungus. I don't see them often around here but every time I find them they make my day ! Thanks for your comment again, Julie !

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Een prachtige zwam die met recht 'fraai' genoemd mag worden.
Knappe foto, erg mooi van kleur!

4 Dec 2011 3:02pm

@Lia: De eerste keer dat ik deze soort vond en zeker weten: het is een "fraaie" soort die zijn naam absoluut niet gestolen heeft. Het loont echt de tijd ze langs alle kanten te bestuderen (en te fotograferen uiteraard! )

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm