Clavulina coralloides (syn: Clavulina cristata) (NL: Witte koraalzwam / EN: White coral fungus / DE: Kammförmige Koralle / FR: Claviaire à crêtes). This distinctive coral mushroom is very closely related to Clavulina rugosa I posted yesterday (See also the text there !). Fruit bodies of Clavulina coralloides, which are generally white- to cream-colored, can be up to 8 centimetres tall, and 2–4 cm broad. The coral "arms" are sparingly branched (3–4 times), 2–4 mm wide, flattened, smooth, and sometimes wrinkled longitudinally. The tips are cristate, having small pointed projections (very distinctive !), and will often darken with age or in dry weather. The species grows terrestrial in frondose and coniferous woods, solitary or gregarious forming densely branched white tufts like the ones in the image.
Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 24/09/2011
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