Ramaria acrisiccescens Marr & D.E. Stuntz
blah coral
Gomphaceae

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

Photograph

© Michael Beug     (Photo ID #18341)


Map

E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ramaria acrisiccescens
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Species Information

Chemical Reactions:
flesh of stem inamyloid (Marr), ferric sulphate in water negative with stem flesh, (Exeter(3))
Odor:
faintly musty sweet to bean-like, (Marr)
Taste:
not distinctive or slightly acid when fresh, drying with a pronounced bitterish acid taste, (Marr), mild to +/- acrid [peppery] when fresh, cooking or drying with pronounced bitterish-acid taste, (Scates-Barnhart)
Microscopic:
spores 8-14 x 4-6 microns, average 10.1 x 4.9 microns, finely warty, hyphae without clamp connections, (Exeter(1)), spores 8-14 x 4-6 microns, subcylindric to elliptic with prominent lateral apiculus, with distinct, lobed, cyanophilic warts; basidia 1-spored to 4-spored, mostly 4-spored, 40-90 x 7-13 microns, clavate, without basal clamp connection; subhymenial hyphae 2-5 microns wide, interwoven, thin-walled, without clamp connections; context hyphae subparallel to interwoven in stem, parallel in branches, hyphae walls thin to moderately thick, 0.25-2 microns, surface smooth to slightly fluted, non-inflating in the peripheral contextual regions, highly inflated nearer the center (3-24 microns wide), ampulliform swellings near septa 10-20 microns wide, walls of the vesicles moderately to conspicuously ornamented; clamp connections absent; gloeoplerous hyphae abundant in stem, less common in branches, localized bulbous regions enlarging up to 13 microns wide, except for these areas 2.5-5 microns wide, (Marr)
Spore Deposit:
'grayish yellow'
EDIBILITY
mildly poisonous? (Scates-Barnhart)

Habitat and Range

SIMILAR SPECIES
Ramaria velocimutans is the species most likely to be confused in the field, but it has clamp connections, (Marr)
Habitat
on ground in old mixed conifer forests, (Scates-Barnhart), terrestrial under Tsuga heterophylla (Western Hemlock) (Marr)