Artomyces pyxidatus

Common Names: Crown-tipped coral fungus, crown coral
Category: Fungi
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.

Edible Notes: These fungi are considered edible when cooked, although some people may experience gastrointestinal upset, especially after eating a large quantity. The raw fruiting bodies have a peppery taste which usually disappears when cooked.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.