Scientific name: Artomyces pyxidatus (Pers.) Julich
Derivation of name: Pyxid- means "a small box" referring
to the boxlike (pyxidate) branch tips.
Synonyms: Clavicorona pyxidata (Pers.) Donk; Clavaria
Common name(s): Crown-tipped coral
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; solitary or
clustered on wood of deciduous trees; June through
Dimensions: Fruitbody up to 10 cm tall and wide.
Description: White to yellowish; highly branched,
candelabra-like from a common stalk-like base; branches
culminate in crown-like tips.
Edibility: Edible; peppery taste.
One of the few coral fungi that fruit on wood.
More information at TomVolkFungi.net:
Figure 1. Clusters of Artomyces pyxidatus on dead wood.
Photo © John Hess.
Figure 2. Crown-tipped coral. Photo © Pam
Figure 3. Single coral arising from a common, stalk-like
Photo © David Work.
Figure 4. Highly branched specimen of Artomyces pyxidatus.
Photo © M. Beth Erikson.
Figure 5. Note the tiers of branches. Photo © William
Figure 6. The branches culminate in distinctive crown-like
tips. Photo © Pam Kaminski
Figure 7. Crown-like tips. Photo
© George Barron.
Figure 8. Enlargement of several pyxidate
Photo © Gary Emberger.