Observation 8802: Clavaria zollingeri Lév.
When: 2008-08-05
No herbarium specimen

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Used references: Lincoff pg 402
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By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2011-03-22 12:34:24 PDT (-0700)

Hi John,

here is one which is for my opinion typical, at least for the european material.
http://www.mollisia.de/Clavaria-zollingeri.jpg. The original link (http://www.agsm-sachsen.de/...) doesn’t work, because it contains the symbol for “percent”, which doesn’t gets transscripted here. So I loaded this picture on my homepage, in reduced size.
It is typical for the colour as well as for the shape of the “twigs”, which are often somewhat bent and not so straight upwards.

But as it is a very rare species throughout Europe, it may well be that my imagination about this species be too narrow. When browsing through the internet, I see nearly only fotos which are pinkish, rose coloured, and nearly no violet ones. When you look through the (european) printed journals, you (nearly?) only see violet ones.

best regards,

question on european material
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2011-03-22 11:49:27 PDT (-0700)

Hi Andreas,

Do you know of a like where we can view a typical C. Zollingeri photo. So we can compair it to the one here.


A few other names…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2011-03-22 09:52:06 PDT (-0700)

From MushroomExpert.com: “…there are several look-alikes, including Clavaria purpurea [Now Alloclavaria purpurea and pretty distinct njw], which is less branched and often features a duller, more watery version of purple—and Clavulina amethystina, which can be virtually inseparable without microscopic analysis (it has cylindrical, two-spored basidia and spores 7-12 µ long)”

Caught ……
By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2011-03-22 07:55:41 PDT (-0700)

Hi Dan,
no, I haven’t got another name, that’s your point. But I have learnt in many cases, that the american material is not the same as european. And as the shape of the fruitbody doesn’t correspond well with what I have seen under this name, I put some doubts here. Not to bother you, but to initiate the comparism between european and amercian material to see, if it’s really the same.

what else could it be?
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-03-22 07:15:43 PDT (-0700)

Hi Andreas

Do you have another name in mind besides C. Zollingeri? These purple coral mushrooms are pretty common at Babcock State Park. The flesh is rather brittle, and the color is two tone pink/purple. Lighting conditions determine if the mushroom looks pink or if it looks purple.

Here is one in full sun that looks pink:

I feel pretty good about the name C. zollingeri, but if another name might be applicable please post it.

not to determine without microscopical details
By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2011-03-22 00:13:55 PDT (-0700)

I have a little doubts about the determination, because the colour is a bit too strong pink, and the way of growth is too straight upwards for C. zollingeri.

Very nice photo
By: John Plischke (John Plischke)
2011-02-14 21:10:28 PST (-0800)

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