White Coral Mushroom

Scientific Name:  Ramariopsis kunzei

Family Name:   Clavariaceae

Edibility:  Edible

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Description:   White to pinkish, branched coral with scruffy-hairy stalk base.  Mushroom:   1 - 3 inch wide, 1 - 4 inch high; usually many-branched; white to pinkish.   Flesh pliant to fragile.  Stalk:  1/4 - 1 inch long, 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick; indistinct or short; scruffy hairy. Spores: 3 - 5.5 x 2.3 - 4.5 microns; broadly elliptical to nearly round, with minute spines; colorless. Spore print white. Edibility: Edible. Season: July-October. Habitat: On the ground or, rarely, on decaying wood in forests. Range: N. North America; New England to North Carolina; Washington to S. California. Comments: Formerly known as Clavaria kunzei. This species is best identified in the field by its branched structure, white to pinkish-tinged color, and fragile flesh. [Lincoff, Gary H., The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1981]

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