Upright Coral

Ramaria stricta

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Upright Coral Ramaria stricta (Pers.) Quél. (illustrated 75% life size) Fruit body 4–10cm high, 3–8cm wide with numerous dichotomous branches; ochraceous, tinged with flesh-colour, becoming darker or brownish-cinnamon with age, tips of branches at first clear yellow then concolorous, all parts bruising vinaceous, stem arising from white mycelium or rhizomorphs. Flesh white or pale yellow; tough; taste slightly peppery, smell sweet. Spores 7–10×4–5¼, oblong, minutely rough to almost smooth; cinnamon-ochraceous. Habitat on stumps of conifers and broad-leaved trees; late summer to winter. Uncommon, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible.