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Been seeing this yellow Coral around where I gather some Hedgehog mushrooms in mixed woods of beech, birch and hemlock and other conifers, suspect it is Ramaria formosa or possibly a R flava variety, are there any easy field characteristics to check on these yellow corals or are they tough to identify with spore work? thanks


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Looks like a species of Ramaria.

There is a resemblance here to "Crown-tipped Coral", Clavicorona pyxidata = Artomyces pyxidatus. But the short "arms" with multiple short branches ending in prong-like tips seen in this photo look different than the more elongated arms with delicate crown-like tips of C. pyxidata.

Most eastern NA Ramarias are bitter-tasting, some reportedly having a laxative effect.

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