Ramaria botrytis    (Pers.:Fr.) Bourdot 

common name(s) : Rosso Coral, Cauliflower Coral Fungus 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Phallomycetidae/Gomphales/Gomphaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Aphyllophoromycetideae/Cantharellales/Clavariaceae  

synonyms: Ramaria acroporphyrea, Clavariella botrytis, Clavaria botrytis 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Ramaria botrytes, Clavaria rufescens, Clavaria botrytes, Ramaria pseudobotrytis)  

edibility : edible

potential confusions with  Ramaria botrytis toxicity of Ramaria botrytis genus Ramaria  

The fruiting body is shaped like a densely branched shrub or cauliflower, with cylindrical branches, pale, white then pale pink or ochre, without stem, but with a thick white trunk.

the odour is fruity or slightly vinegared.

The fertile surface is smooth.

It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved and sometimes coniferous woods, with spruce, beech.

The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Dimensions: width of fruiting body approximately 12 cm (between 5 and 20 cm)
  total height approximately 12 cm (between 5 and 20 cm)

Distinctive features : cauliflower-like fruiting body, very branched; cylindrical branches, thick and short, white to yellow; tips of branches coloured in red or vinaceous red

Ramaria botrytis is rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Ramaria botrytis in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Ramaria botrytis in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18