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Group of Fungi: Coral Fungi
Latin Name: Artomyces pyxidatus (Pers.) Jülich
Synonym(s): Clavicorona pyxidata (Pers.) Doty
Common Name: Crown-tipped Coral Fungus
Description: Multi-branched structure arising from a short, stalk-like base, up to 4 in (10 cm) high and 3/4–2 1/2 in (2–6.5 cm) wide, white to pale yellow or pink; branching pattern candelabra-like, ultimate branches with cup-shaped, crown-like tips; spores white in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of wood.
Habitat: On decaying logs and branches of broadleaf trees.
Geographical Distribution: Found throughout North America and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
Comments: This is one of the few coral fungi found on decaying wood. The crown-like tips of the branches are unlike those of any of the other coral fungi, thus making this species relatively easy to identify.