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

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

Introduction to the Macrofungi


© Michael Beug     (Photo ID #18345)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Ramaria botrytis
Click here to view the full interactive map and legend

Species Information

Ramaria botrytis var. botrytis has its stem and lower branches whitish, with stains yellowish to light brown. The tips and a short distance down branches are colored reddish to purplish. The stem is single and massive with the branch pattern cauliflower-like (dense terminal branching on a few thick lower branches). Stem flesh is weakly amyloid. Spores are striate and clamp connections are present.
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)
It is found at least in WA, (Marr), from New England to North Carolina, west to southern CA and BC (var unspecified), (Lincoff(2)), and Europe and North Africa, (Courtecuisse). There is a collection from BC (var unspecified) by O. Ceska at the University of British Columbia.
yes, choice, (Lincoff(2))

Habitat and Range

Ramaria rubripermanens also has reddish terminal branches, stout form, and striate spores, but the spores are much shorter, 8-13 x 3.5-4.5 microns, (Marr). Ramaria botrytoides has smaller spores with obscure lines of warts. See also SIMILAR section of Ramaria rubrievanescens.
terrestrial under conifers, (Marr), on the ground under conifers, especially Picea (spruce) and Abies (fir), August to October, (Lincoff(2))