Clavulina cristata    (Holmsk.:Fr.) J. Schr÷t. 

common name(s) : Crested Coral, White Coral, Crested Coral Fungus 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Cantharellales/Clavulinaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Aphyllophoromycetideae  

synonyms: Clavaria cristata, Clavulina coralloides 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Clavaria coralloides, Ramaria cristata, Clavaria cristata-coralloides)  

edibility : discard

photo gallery of  Clavulina cristata
photo gallery of  Clavulina cristata potential confusions with  Clavulina cristata toxicity of Clavulina cristata genus Clavulina  

The fruiting body is shaped like a densely branched shrub or cauliflower, with fringed or toothed tips, white, cream to slightly yellowish, sometimes greyish, with a short basal trunk, sometimes multiple, slightly twisted and laterally compressed.

The flesh is soft, slightly brittle, white; its taste is mild to bitter; the odour is faint.

The fertile surface is smooth.

It grows on the ground, in coniferous or broad-leaved woods, trooping alongside paths, sometimes in fairy rings.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 5 cm (between 2 and 7 cm)
  total height approximately 6 cm (between 2 and 12 cm)
  width of stem approximately 0.5 mm (between 0.3 and 0.8 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : shrub- or cauliflower-shaped,2-3 inch high, whitish to greyish, with fringed-toothed and compressed tips (arranged in fingers, comb, or crest), common

Clavulina cristata is occasional and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Clavulina cristata in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Clavulina cristata in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18