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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. <br />
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Habitat: Growing in moss on the side of a swamp in a coniferous forest.<br />
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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.

    comments (9)

  1. Lovely colors and again a nice mini-forest surrounding! Posted 11 months ago
    1. Thanks! They were only a couple centimeters tall and looked so perfect in the moss. Posted 11 months ago
  2. Everything about this photo is awesome, a classic! Posted 11 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! Posted 11 months ago
  3. Fabulous Fungus! Posted 11 months ago
    1. It is a totally fabulous, fantastic fungus, thanks! Posted 11 months ago
  4. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Violet Coral (Clavaria zollingeri) looks more like ocean coral than fungus! This fragile, gorgeous fungus is widely distributed around the world and can be found growing in leaf litter and moss. The fruiting bodies are composed of tubular, pinkish to purple branches that can grow up to 10 cm tall. Violet Coral is saprobic, which means that it gets nutrients from breaking down organic matter—a crucial environmental service. It is one of many cogs in the wheel that keeps the ecosystem functioning! The next time you're in the woods, be sure to look down and around to appreciate the tiny, yet vital, wonders of nature, such as this fungus! {Spotted in New York, USA by JungleDragon moderator, Christine Young} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 6 months ago
  5. Oh wow! I've seen coral mushrooms, but not with such beautiful color! Posted 6 months ago
    1. I don't usually find this species in such perfect condition, so this one was a surprise! Posted 6 months ago

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''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

Similar species: Gilled Mushrooms
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Aug 25, 2018. Captured Aug 25, 2018 09:50 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm