Ramaria stricta (NL: Rechte koraalzwam / EN: Strict-branch coral, Upright Coral / DE: Steife Koralle / FR: Clavaire étroite) is a coral fungus or genus Ramaria. It has a cosmopolitan distribution, and grows on dead wood, stumps, trunks, and branches of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Its fruit body is up to 10 cm tall, made of multiple slender, compact, and vertical parallel branches. Its color is typically light tan to vinaceous-brown. All parts of the mushroom will bruise when handled. There are several lookalike corals that can usually be distinguished from R. stricita by differences in coloration, bruising reaction, or microscopic features. The fungus is inedible due to its unpleasant odor and bitter taste.
Image: Schilde (BE) – 25/11/2012
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