Clavaria fragilis

Clavaria fragilis (Holmskjord) Fries (syn = Clavaria vermicularis)

Ecology and Morphology: Clavaria fragilis (Holmskjord) Fries (syn = Clavaria vermicularis), also known as fairy fingers or white worm coral, is a saprobic coral fungi that can be commonly found on the forest floor  (Figure 1). Fruiting bodies grow in clusters, are unbranched and are slightly tan on the apex of the basidiocarp. Basidiocarps are thin, 1-5mm wide, and are easily broken (hence the species name). Basidiospores are smooth and ellipsoid. Hyphae do not have clamp connections. Overall a small coral fungi that contrasts with the forest floor and is hard to miss.

 

Taxonomy:

Kingdom:  Fungi

Division: Basidiomycota

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales

Family: Clavariaceae

Genus: Clavaria

Species: fragilis

 

Literature:

http://www.mycobank.org/MB/182991

Kuo, M. (2007, April). Clavaria vermicularis. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/clavaria_vermicularis.html

This image requires alt text, but the alt text is currently blank. Either add alt text or mark the image as decorative. Figure 1. Clavaria fragilis growing in a cluster within its natural habitat.

11.19.18

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