Ramaria abietina (NL: Groenwordende koraalzwam / EN: ? / DE: Grünfleckende Fichten-Koralle / FR: Ramaire verdissante) is one of the first of the woodland coral fungi. It sometimes appears as early as late June. Often these corals form large arcs and occasionally complete fairy rings beside the buttress roots of conifers. The specific epithet abietina is derived from the Latin for a fir tree (Abies genus), but this coral seems to favour spruces; however, Picea abies is the scientific name for the Norway Spruce. It is a repeatedly branching woodland coral whose final branches terminate in two or three laterally-compressed pointed tips. The colour is yellowish at first becoming more olive at maturity. Branches turn greenish when bruised. The fruitbody grows 2.5 to 5.5cm tall and up to 5cm across.
Image: Saint-Hubert (B) - 25/09/2011
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