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Beginner needing help to identify this fungus please

Observed: 30th October 2011 By: Joe30Joe30’s reputation in Fungi and LichensJoe30’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

This, what I think is Coral fungus (?) was about 4cm high and growing in several clumps in a damp, mainly Birch woodland. Hope someone can please tell me what it is. Thanks.


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miked's picture

Some of these 'coral' fungi

Some of these 'coral' fungi are rather tricky, from the general shape of this one I wonder about a Ramaria but I am very unsure about this ID too.

AlanS's picture

I agree this is a Ramaria

but I want to check at home before I give an ID.

Definitely not Clavulinopsis corniculata.


Joe30's picture


Many thanks for helping to identify this fungus. This specimen was one that still had a bit of colour in it - as you rightly say, a lot of the other specimens had a lot of greenish discolouration.

Having looked on the NBN map, this seems a very scarce fungus - is this the case or is it just under-recorded.

Thanks again.

AlanS's picture

Not so scarce

Bearing in mind that Ramaria is a difficult genus, I think it is quite well recorded on the NBN. It is not common, but I see it from time to time.

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Mike/Alan, thanks for pointing out the less upright shape and green discoloration. I too, have wondered how they evaluate the distribtion and abundance. Regards


miked's picture

Presumably you have checked

Presumably you have checked out NBN with its maps of each species, there are various datasets for fungi not all are on NBN as far as I recall but there are still a huge number of records for fungi on there. Idea of abundance can come from number of times each species is recorded on forays (i.e. from 100 forays its been recorded 3 times or something along these lines, i don't know what the actual figures are for this species), this works for commoner species but is probably not so reliable for the less common ones. On top of this there is the general feel for abundance from people who regularly go out to different parts of the country on forays.