White coral fungus

Clavulina cristata

''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''.
Clavulina coralloides really lovely, golden tinged specimen Clavulina cristata,Fall,Geotagged,United States,White coral fungus

Appearance

Fruit bodies, which are generally white- to cream-colored, can be up to 8 centimetres tall, and 2–4 cm broad. The coral "arms" are sparingly branched , 2–4 mm wide, smooth, and sometimes wrinkled longitudinally. The tips are cristate, having small pointed projections, and will often darken with age or in dry weather. The fruit bodies have no distinctive odor, and a mild taste.

The fruit bodies may have a darker color either due to natural variation or because of infection by a microscopic fungus, ''Helminthosphaeria clavariarum''.
Crested Coral - Clavulina cristata Fruiting bodies were 3-6 cm tall. They were white and smooth with flattened, cristate branches that each had several sharp points.

Habitat: Growing on the ground in a mostly coniferous, swampy forest. Clavulina cristata,Geotagged,Summer,United States,White coral fungus,coral fungus,crested coral,fungi,fungus,mushroom

Naming

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 to the ''International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants'', the name ''Clavulina coralloides'' should be used in preference to ''Clavulina cristata'', although the latter name is in more common use.
White Coral Fungus (Clavulina coralloides) Growing on a moist hillside on a densely forested trail. Parasitized by Helminthosphaeria clavariarum. 
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/101132/helminthosphaeria_clavariarum.html Clavulina cristata,Geotagged,Summer,United States,White coral fungus

Habitat

''Clavulina cristata'' is found growing solitary or in clusters on the ground in both coniferous and hardwood forests. It is a common mushroom, and typically fruits from late summer to winter.

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionBasidiomycota
ClassAgaricomycetes
OrderCantharellales
FamilyClavulinaceae
GenusClavulina
SpeciesC. cristata