Purple coral

Alloclavaria purpurea

''Alloclavaria purpurea'' is a coral fungus commonly known as the purple coral, or the purple fairy club. Formerly known as ''Clavaria purpurea'', it has been moved to its own genus as a result of phylogenetic analysis.
Purple Fairy Club This may just be the strangest "mushroom" I've come across yet. At first I thought it was a wild onion or the shoots of some sort of bulb, with its hollow stem like structure, but indeed it is a fungus. While not incredibly rare, I only came across it once and only one clump. It was quite close to the ocean, maybe a 1/4 mile or so to the beach.  Alloclavaria purpurea,Geotagged,Purple coral,United States

Appearance

The fruiting body of ''Alloclavaria purpurea'' is made of numerous slender cylindrical spindles that may grow to a height of 12 centimetres , with individual spindles being 2–6 millimeters thick. The color is purple or lavender, although the color fades in older specimens. The spore print is white. It is reported to be edible. Fruit bodies are found in spruce-fir forests.

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionBasidiomycota
ClassAgaricomycetes
OrderHymenochaetales
FamilyRepetobasidiaceae
GenusAlloclavaria
SpeciesA. purpurea