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ushrooms of North America
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Key 10

Corals

 

Is it single, cylindrical to club-shaped?

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Does it have multiple-branched fruiting bodies?

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Is it cylindric, deep violet, brittle clubs; taste disagreeable?

Yes

Is it of a different shape and not violet?

Yes

 

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You have a Clavaria zollingeri

 

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Is it expanded at the top, forming a flattened top; orange-yellow; taste sweet?

Yes

Is it club-shaped, but not flattened; color different than orange-yellow; taste bitter?

Yes

 

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You have a Clavariadelphus truncatus

 

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Is it wrinkled over the top; orange-red?

Yes

Is it narrowly club-shaped; salmon colored?

Yes

 

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You have a Clavariadelphus pistillaris

 

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You have a Clavariadelphus ligula

 

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Is it delicately branched, without a fleshy base; spores white?

Yes

Does it have coarse branches, blunt or flattened?

Yes

 

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Are the branches irregular, smoky-gray?

Yes

Are the branches irregular to equal and not smoky-gray?

Yes

 

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You have a Clavulina cinera

 

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Are the branches irregular with fine tips, white and tinted yellow?

Yes

Are the branches equal with crown-like tips, pale pink?

Yes

 

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You have a Clavulina cristata

 

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You have a Clavicorona pyxidata

 

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Does it have coarse branches with flattened ends? .................    .....  .....................

Yes

Does it have coarse, blunt branches from a fleshy base; spores orange-brown to red-brown?

Yes

 

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You have a Sparassi radicata

 

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Is it robust with a fleshy base; does not bruise?   .........................  ..........................

Yes

Does it have a fleshy, orange-red base; flesh bruises red-brown to black?

Yes

 

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You have a Ramaria formosa

 

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Does it have yellow branches with white over the base?

Yes

Does it have pink to red branches? ......................

Yes

 

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You have a Ramaria spp.

 

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Are the branches a delicate pink? ..........................

Yes

Are the branches bright pink to reddish?

Yes

 

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You have a Ramaria botrytis

 

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You have a Ramaria subbotrytis

 

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