Ramaria stricta identification

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Ramaria stricta, Steife Koralle, Merev korallgomba.


Ramaria stricta grows from wood--though the wood is often buried. It features branches that are usually "strictly" oriented, so that they are mostly straight and ascending. When fresh, its branch tips are yellow and its branches are dull yellowish buff, but its surfaces bruise and discolor purplish brown. Under the microscope it features roughened spores, clamp connections, and thick-walled hyphae. Several very similar species have been separated by mycologists (see below), and the name Ramaria stricta should probably represent a group of potential species awaiting contemporary study.


Overall, the fruit body appears bushy, and is medium sized, up to 10 by 7 cm (3.9 by 2.8 in), ochraceous tinged with flesh-colour becoming darker or brownish cinnamon with age, tips of branches at first clear yellow then concolorous;

All parts bruising vinaceous, stem arising from white mycellum or rhizomorphs, passing into numerous dichotomous branches.

Flesh white or pale yellow, tough ( Whitish; fairly tough. ).
Taste slightly peppery, smell sweet ( Odor not distinctive, or sweet and fragrant; taste bitter ).

Spores cinnamon-ochraceous, oblong, minutely rough to almost smooth 7.5-10.5 x 3.5-5 ยต ( Spore Print: Rusty yellowish ).

Habitat on stumps of conifers and broad-leaved trees. Season late summer to winter. Uncommon. Not edible. Distribution, America and Europe.


Ecology: Uncertain; while most ramarias are thought to be mycorrhizal, the wood-inhabiting species could be mycorrhizal or saprobic; growing from the dead (but sometimes buried) wood of conifers (and sometimes hardwoods); appearing alone, scattered, or gregariously; early summer through fall; apparently widely distributed in North America, but more common from the Rocky Mountains westward.

Branches: Vertically oriented and elongated; often flattened; smooth; yellowish buff, becoming orangish buff as the spores mature; bruising and discoloring purplish brown; tips yellow when fresh and young.

Base: Nearly absent, or fairly well developed; to 2 cm wide; white below; colored like the branches above; attached to numerous white rhizomorphs.

Chemical Reactions: Iron salts green on branches; KOH orangish to brownish on branches.

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More info about Ramaria stricta mushroom

Stem type:
rudimentary or absent
Grows in woods
Grows on wood
Spore colour:
Light to dark brown
Cap type:
Fungus colour:
Normal size:
North America
bruised or damaged
Flesh discolours when cut
Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
Clavaire ?troite, Merev korallgomba, Steife Koralle, Upright Coral, Strict-branch coral
Last modification: 2015-10-15 17:40:17

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