From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on October 17.
There are many coral fungi fruiting just now…this is a strangely beautiful group of fungi, often arising mysteriously from the forest duff. Amazing!
Corals, often in the genera Ramaria or Clavulina, are characterized by being highly branched, with tips that point upward.
According to one of my books, “identifying coral fungi can be a truly difficult endeavour.” With that in mind, thus far I’ve just been looking at and admiring the forms and colouration of the corals, without many attempts at identification (note that any identifications here are questionable, because I’m really not sure of the ID, and don’t have the time to fully investigate!)
Here are a few from my collection so far [click photo to enlarge]. If any of you have seen corals on your walks, send your photos to add. If you are sure of the identification of any of these, let me know!
- This subalpine coral is from the Lake Helen Mackenzie area in Strathcona Park. It could be the upright coral Ramaria stricta.
- A bright pink coral from Miracle Beach Park (from last fall), could be the neon pink coral Ramaria araiospora var. rubella.
- A pale pink coral with yellow tips. It might be the yellow-tipped coral Ramaria formosa.
- A light grey, twisting coral, from the Cumberland forest.
- A pale yellow coral, also from Cumberland forest.
- An elegant whitish coral, might be another example of the upright coral Ramaria stricta.