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What a mess…
By: Andrew Khitsun (Andrew)
2013-09-21 18:42:49 CDT (-0400)

First, I found lumps of whitish goo on the forest floor in a spruce plantation. Then I found some white coral mushrooms. Then I found some smoky coral mushrooms. Then I found mixed stands. Then I realized there might be a connection between all of the above. I thought white fungus was Clavulina cristata, and smoky fungus was Clavulina cristata infected by Helminthosphaeria clavariarum. However, the smoky fungus doesn’t seem to have perithecia of the latter, thus suggesting Clavulina cinerea. It didn’t help that while creating this page, MO said Clavulina cristata is deprecated, and offered Clavulina coralloides instead. What a mess…