AppearanceFruiting Body: At first a whitish patch of fuzz, developing over a few weeks into a coral-like structure up to 10 cm high and 6 cm wide, with flattened branches arising from fused bases.
Branches: Flattened; bald; dry; whitish to buff when fresh and young, becoming yellowish with age and often developing green shades (from algae) when very old; tips flattened, colored like the branches, becoming somewhat ragged with age.
Flesh: Stringy and very tough; whitish.
Odor and Taste: Odor not distinctive; taste slightly bitter.
Chemical Reactions: Iron salts negative on branches.
Spore Print: White.
DistributionSpring through late fall; widely distributed east of the Great Plains (also reported from New Mexico and Texas).
HabitatMycorrhizal with oaks and possibly with other hardwoods; growing alone or gregariously on the ground, in soil or in moss.
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