Common Names: Crown-tipped coral fungus, crown coral
Sub-category: Coral Fungus
Easily distinguished from other genera of coral fungi because the fruiting bodies grow directly from wood. Their tips are crown-like in structure, in contrast to most other coral fungi. Formerly known as Clavicorona pyxidata. Fruiting Body is 4 to 13 cm high; 2 to 10 cm wide; repeatedly branched. Branches are 1 to 5 mm thick; smooth; whitish to pale yellowish at first, sometimes darkening to pale tan or developing pinkish hues; tips crowned with a shallow depression and 3 to 6 points, colored like the branches or becoming brownish.
Saprobic; growing alone or gregariously on the dead wood of hardwoods (especially the wood of aspens, tulip trees, willows, and maples); spring, summer, and fall.