Observation 140460: Clavaria zollingeri Lév.

When: 2013-07-20

Collection location: Rockingham Co, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: pete (petepann)

Specimen available

Growing in Oak leaf litter and Diphasiastrum digitatum just off hiking trail. Vibrantly purple when fresh. Dulls rapidly once harvested to a “drab” hue and fading to white at base. Rubbery texture with thin, very brittle “fingers”. The only reason I am not 100% on this ID is due to its thin, fragile branches and fingers. It appears to me that the east coast variety, Ramaria fumigata, seems more “stubby” in stature. Short, thickish branches and fingers. This specimen in question seems to match closer to the west coast variety,Ramaria violaceibrunnea, in that it is slender, more “elegant”, if you will. Has fairly strong mushroom scent.


Clavaria zollingeri
Clavaria zollingeri
Clavaria zollingeri

Proposed Names

51% (4)
Recognized by sight
27% (1)
Used references: MO, Looks closer than anything else i have seen so far.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
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Fair Enough… Thank you…
By: pete (petepann)
2013-07-21 19:25:31 PDT (-0700)
for the info. So basically its going to be called C. zollingeri based on its location.
I think you have to eliminate Ramaria violaceibrunnea because
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2013-07-21 11:20:51 PDT (-0700)

that is a west coast species which not nearly as colorful and usually with a sizable rounded whitish stem.
Clavulina amethystina is said to be more brittle, more lilac and has no distinctive odor.
Also your specimen almost looks like a skinnier twin brother to the cover photo on the “Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States” by Bessette, Roody, Bessette and Dunaway.

I am not content with C zollingeri…
By: pete (petepann)
2013-07-21 10:39:28 PDT (-0700)

All of the research I have conducted so far on the proposed C. zollingeri just does not match. It appears to have thicker, more “robust” branches and stubbier “fingers”. Why would C. zollingeri win the votes when the other two proposals appear much more similar? I am noy trying to be “hardheaded” or difficult to get along with. I just want to understand the concept.

My Friend…..!!!
By: pete (petepann)
2013-07-20 18:18:49 PDT (-0700)

It was absolutely AWESOME. I was FUMING over forgetting that Mem stick. So much missed.

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2013-07-20 17:00:54 PDT (-0700)

If ID is correct it is the first photo of this species on MO to be a vivid purple.
Beautiful photo!

Created: 2013-07-20 14:47:49 PDT (-0700)
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