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.
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