Ramaria formosa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Ramaria formosa (Pers.) Quél. syn. Clavaria formosa Pers. (illustrated 35% life size) Fruit body 7–30cm high, 6–15cm wide with numerous branches; pinkish-ochraceous to orange-pink, lemon-yellow at tips. Stem 30–60×25–60mm, much-branched; whitish-orange. Flesh white or tinged orange-yellow, often bruising vinaceous to blackish; taste bitter. Spores 8–15×4–6¼, oblong, elliptic, roughened; ochraceous. Habitat in humus in usually deciduous woods; autumn. Rare, but possibly under-reported. Poisonous causes diarrhoea.