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Violet Coral

Clavaria zollingeri


This fungus produces beautiful purple fruit bodies that are tubular and fragile to the touch. The elements of the fruiting body branch frequently and have rounded tips. The entire fungus looks like a cluster of tiny, purple antlers.


Growing on the ground in a deciduous forest.


Although edible in small quantities, the fruiting bodies are so fragile that they are of limited culinary value. Also, they may have a laxative effect, which increases their undesirability.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Thanks Felix and flowntheloop!

flowntheloop 11 months ago

Gorgeous!! And congrats to you!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Wow, thank you Daniele and Project Noah for SOTD! Thanks Dan and Kostas for your comments :)

KostasZontanos 11 months ago

Congratulations Christine!

dandoucette 11 months ago

What a beauty, congrats! The coral fungi are one of my favourites.

DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulations Christine, this striking fungus is our Spotting of the Day!



Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Thanks for the comment Felix. I nearly walked right by it because it was so small and the forest so dark, but the color jumped out at me. This was the first time I've seen this species!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Wow, amazing colour!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Thanks Brian :). I'll add it to the mission.

Brian38 11 months ago

Great spotting and pics Christine !! Consider placing it in the 2017 Best Wildlife Photo mission ?

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.89, Long: -73.47

Spotted on Jul 15, 2017
Submitted on Jul 16, 2017

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