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Group of Fungi: Coral Fungi
Latin Name: Clavulina coralloides (L.) J. Schröt.
Synonym(s): Clavulina cristata (Holmsk.) J. Schröt.
Common Name: Crested Coral Fungus
Description: Multi-branched structure arising from a short, stalk-like base, 1–3 in (2.5–7.5 cm) tall and 3/4–1 5/8 in (2–4 cm) wide, white to cream or pale yellow; branching pattern shrub-like, ultimate branches rounded below and somewhat flattened above, tips with tiny, tooth-like projections; spores white in mass.
Biological Role: Usually listed as a decomposer of wood but possibly forming mycorrhizal associations with forest trees.
Habitat: On the ground in both broadleaf and conifer forests; often occurring in clusters.
Geographical Distribution: Found throughout North America and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
Comments: Clavulina coralloides is often found fruiting late in the year, long after most other fungi are no longer in evidence. It is considered to be edible.