Scientific names: Ramaria concolor (Corner) Petersen;
Ramaria stricta (Fries) Quelet.
Derivation of name: Stricta- means straight in reference to
the nearly vertical, parallel branches.
Synonyms: Clavaria stricta
Common name(s): Straight-branched coral
Occurrence on wood substrate: R. stricta is saprobic;
solitary or clustered on decaying conifer or sometimes
deciduous wood; July through October. R. concolor is
similar but is more commonly found on hardwoods.
Dimensions: Up to 14 cm tall and 2-7 cm wide.
Description: R. stricta is a compact mass of vertical, nearly
parallel, dichotomously forked branches. Branches are
grayish-orange below with branch tips yellowish at first and
then turning grayish-orange. The fungus has a fragrant odor
a bitter taste. It bruises brown. White rhizomorphs
penetrate into the dead wood. R. concolor is similar in many
respects. Bessette describes R. concolor as having pale
yellowish-tan to pale cinnamon colored branches without
the yellow branch tips of R. stricta.
Comments: Bessette keys out three Ramaria species
growing on wood. I'm not convinced R. stricta and R.
concolor can be reliably differentiated in the field. The third
species adds an additional complication. For the time being,
it seems adequate to recognize that the majority of Ramaria
species are terrestrial and only a small number are found on
wood. Lincoff describes R. stricta and R. concolor as
varieties of R. stricta.
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Figure 1. Ramaria stricta. Photo © Larry Grand.
Figure 2. Ramaria stricta. Photo © David Work.
Figure 3. Ramaria concolor. Photo © Larry Grand