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Also known as Coral Tooth Fungus. This is a large bodied white to pinkish white fungus. It grows from a relatively small stem base that is many branched. Small spines (about 1cm long) hang along multiple branches. It can be found growing alone or in clumps, sometimes these clumps can be quite large. Flesh discolours and hardens with age.
This one found in mixed native forest in Pirongia Forest Park in the North Island of New Zealand. This fungus is a saprophyte usually found on standing dead broadleaf. I found this attached to dead wood but on the ground. Am thinking it may be part of a windfall event.
There are several similar species but this one occurs in NZ and Australia. It is not a true coral fungus but rather a toothed fungus. Names can be confusing and it has been known as H. ramosum and also associated as H. americanum.