Clavulina Cristata in German Forest
I just love this time of year and all of the strange and marvelous fungi that one can observe - like this one - that like the name suggests, looks very much like some sea creature growing out of the forest floor. My second favorite European fungi, after to Fly Agaric, of course.
''Clavulina cristata'', commonly known as the white coral fungus or the crested coral fungus, is a white- or light-colored edible coral mushroom present in temperate areas of the Americas and Europe. It is the type species of the genus ''Clavulina''.
The commonly used species name ''cristata'' was coined in 1790 by Danish mycologist Theodor Holmskjold . However, Linnaeus described apparently the same fungus as ''Clavaria coralloides'' in Species plantarum in 1753. Therefore according.. more