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Group of Fungi: Coral Fungi
Latin Name: Ramaria stricta (Pers.) Quél.
Common Name: Straight-branched Coral
Description: Multi-branched structure arising from a short, stalk-like base, 2–5 in (5–12.5 cm) high and 2–3 1/4 in (5–8 cm) wide, pale yellow to pinkish orange, staining light brown when handled; branches erect, more or less parallel, with slender pointed tips, these yellow at first but then becoming the same color as the rest of the branch; stalk 3/8–3/4 in (1–2 cm) long, 1/4–5/8 in (0.5–1.5 cm wide), hairy, white; spores yellow-brown in mass.
Biological Role: Decomposer of decaying wood.
Habitat: On decaying logs, stumps and fallen branches of broadleaf trees and conifers; solitary or occurring in small groups.
Geographical Distribution: Found throughout North America.
Comments: Ramaria stricta is one of the relatively few coral fungi found on decaying wood. It can be distinguished from other species that occur on wood by the relatively straight, more or less parallel branches with slender tips. Fresh specimens of this fungus also have a distinct garlic-like or radish-like odor. It is not considered to be edible.