Ramaria stricta

Common Names: Strict-branch coral, upright Coral
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Coral Fungus

The color of the fruit body is light yellow brown to paler toward extremities, the tips are light yellow; bruising light reddish brown. The basidiocarp has a leathery texture when fresh, but becomes brittle when dry. The stipe is branched up to 8 times, and the branches are all upright and nearly parallel. The branches ending in 4 to 5 thornlike tips. Overall, the fruit body appears bushy, and is medium sized, up to 10 by 7 cm. The stipe is single or branching from the base; with white mycelium and rhizomorphs radiating from the base. The odor is of anise. The taste is bitter. All parts of the mushroom will bruise when handled.

It grows on dead wood, stumps, trunks, and branches of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Late summer and fall.

Edible Notes: The fungus is inedible due to its unpleasant odor and bitter taste.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.