Violet Coral - Clavaria zollingeri
This fungus produces beautiful purple fruit bodies that are tubular and fragile to the touch. The elements of the fruiting body branch frequently and have rounded tips. The entire fungus looks like a cluster of tiny, purple antlers.
Habitat: Growing in moss on the side of a swamp in a coniferous forest.
''Clavaria zollingeri'', commonly known as the violet coral or the magenta coral, is a widely distributed species of fungus. It produces striking tubular, purple to pinkish-violet fruit bodies that grow up to 10 cm tall and 7 cm wide. The extreme tips of the fragile, slender branches are usually rounded and brownish. A typical member of the clavarioid or club fungi, ''Clavaria zollingeri'' is saprobic, and so derives nutrients by breaking down organic matter. The fruit bodies are typically found.. more