E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Ramaria botrytis (Pers. ex Fr.) Ricken
wine-tipped coral

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

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Ramaria botrytis var. aurantiiramosa

Species Information

stem and lower branches whitish, with stains yellowish to light brown, tips and a short distance down branches reddish to purplish, stem single and massive, branch pattern cauliflower-like (dense terminal branching on a few thick lower branches), stem flesh weakly amyloid, striate spores, and clamp connections; found at least WA, (Marr), New England to North Carolina, west to southern CA and BC, (Lincoff(2)), Europe, North Africa, (Courtecuisse)
Fruiting body:
4-12cm wide, 7-12cm high, (one collection 19cm x 19cm), nearly as broad as tall, single stem, lower branches usually few, upper branch system short, about 1-1.5cm long, and densely clustered on lower branches, but sometimes elongating up to 10cm, branchin
fleshy-fibrous to punky-firm when fresh, (Marr), white (Lincoff(2))
Branch color:
white, with reddish or purplish tips, (Lincoff(2)), tips and a short distance down branches grayish magenta, when young pale red to light lilac, branches much paler; sometimes bruising yellow or tannish, (Scates-Barnhart), lower branches opaque white with
2-5cm x 2-3cm, single, cylindric or conic, massive, occasional abortive or primordial branches; opaque white with stains or bruises varying from 'pastel yellow' to 'light brown', (Marr),
Chemical Reactions:
stem flesh weakly amyloid, reaction frequently requiring 30 minutes or more, (Marr), stem flesh negative with ferric sulphate in water (Exeter)
faintly sweet (Marr)
not distinctive (Marr)
spores 11-17 x 4-6 microns, average 13.8 x 4.7 microns, subcylindric, mummy-shaped, or occasionally sigmoid, striate ornamentation steeply spiraled to nearly longitudinal, both striae and general wall cyanophilic; basidia mostly 4-spored (occasionally 2-spored), 59-82 x 8-11 microns, clavate, clamped; hyphae with clamp connections, (Marr)
Spore Deposit:
ocher to pale orange (Lincoff(2)), light orange-brown (Miller)

Habitat / Range

terrestrial under conifers, (Marr), on the ground under conifers, especially Picea (spruce) and Abies (fir), August to October, (Lincoff(2))

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yes, choice, (Lincoff(2))

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Species References

Marr(1), Lincoff(2)*, Lincoff(1)*, Exeter(3)*, Miller(14)*, Courtecuisse(1)*, McKnight(1)*, Scates-Barnhart(1), Kornerup(2), Bacon(1)*, AroraPocket*, Buczacki(1)*

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