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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2007, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone suggest a name for this one?

Closest I could come up with is 'Clavaria Fumosa', but all the examples are coloured white to pinkish, and not as purple as this specimen.

From Keystone/Standard Basin area north of Revelstoke.

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what the H#ll are those thigs? I've never seen them before...
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sort of look like tube worms that have crawled onto land... Lots of them along the trails in this area. Lots of other mushrooms and fungi also.
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That's an easy one.A purple club coral.Edible.
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Thanks for the suggestion Dirt Digger. Also found the following info. As always identifying mushrooms and fungi is difficult for even the experts.

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from Michael Kuo at http://www.mushroomexpert.com/clavaria_zollingeri.html

You would think that something as distinctive looking as the little purple coral fungus in the illustrations would be a cinch to identify . . . but there are several look-alikes, including Clavaria purpurea, which is less branched and often features a duller, more watery version of purple
Michael also states that Clavaria zollingeri (photo below) is NOT edible. Notice that the tips of each spike are branched.



Roger Phillips at http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/galle...k~bid~5739.asp
displays a photo that looks the closest to my photo. He calls it
Clavaria purpurea. Roger states it is "Said to be edible."



Key difference seems to be the lack of branching at the top.
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Now those do look yummy[], and rightfully named. I've never seen them before neither, thanks for posting.
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Just wanted to point out that one variety is described as "Said to be editable" and the other is described as NOT editable! Be careful and always do your own research before eating any fungi!

Happy and tasty hunting.
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Yes it takes my own research as well as a nod from someone who knows before I eat any wild fungus.Clavaria purpurea is the translation for purple club coral.This book is my main source of knowledge.It is the one that I take with me in the bush.

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