Not sure if these are Ramaria or Clavaria. I usually get it wrong and there were no spore prints taken.


Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
This appears to be the same species but the white section of the base is not shown in the other images.
After weeks of torrential rain. This coral fungi was about 4.5cm in height.

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By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-17 15:35:23 CDT (-0400)

This I agree looks to be a Ramaria but looks to pink to be R. gracilis as I know it that is (Ivory white). I would be very hesitant to put name to a Ramaria with out looking at it with a microscope. All the species in NZ are keyed out by there spore ornamentation and even at 1000X magnification this is no easy task.

Certainly it is
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-17 11:46:08 CDT (-0400)

Ramaria and seems to come close to gracilis but if it is fruiting in an rain forest, it most probably will be indigenous and then you cannot apply the European name “gracilis”. Native fungi in Australia never do occur in Europe or vice versa. The case is even more complicated than with North America.
About a scope: what you surely will need is phase contrast. Olympus is a good choice.

Guidelines Microscope

I would appreciate some guide lines in purchasing a middle of the range microscope for Fungi ID. Type and requirements etc. Many thanks KK

Ramaria sp.
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-07-06 04:00:39 CDT (-0400)

I agree that it’s probably a Ramaria, but that is as far as you can get without microscopy, notes of smell and taste. If it has a smell of aniseed, gracilis is one possible name.


Brian , have done. Still not completely sure I have the correct naming. Will wait and watch. Chow, KK

Likely Ramaria
By: Brian Seitzman
2008-07-05 09:34:21 CDT (-0400)

The morphology looks like a Ramaria to me.