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Forest coral
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-11
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 3:37
Viewed: 4210
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although this kind of fungi are very polymorphic, and identification is difficult without microscopic study, Clavulina cinerea is my closest id. taking into account some other specimens I found around, and also that is a common fungus in our area.

As always any other suggestions are welcome.

Clavulina cinerea (Fr.) Schroet.
Krypt. Fl. Schles. Pilze: 442. 1888.

Fruiting body up to 9 cm tall, 6 cm wide, moderately branched, arising from a common base; individual branches often sinuous, tending to produce a flattened or "crested" apical growth, the tips pointed or rounded; surface smooth to slightly wrinkled, dull from a powdery bloom, lilac-grey to, grey, becoming greyish-brown in age; stipe short or absent; context pallid, brittle; odor and taste mild.

Spores 7-10.5 x 5.5-9 µm, subglobose, oval to broadly elliptical, smooth, nonamyloid; basidia 2-spored; spores whitish in deposit.

Scattered or in small groups on soil or in duff of hardwood/conifer woods; fruiting from mid to late winter.

Edible, but lacking in texture.

Relatively uncommon and inconspicuous, this drab coral fungus is easily overlooked. Fresh specimens may have an attractive lilac tinge, but are usually dull grey or brown in age. Clavulina cristata is a whitish cousin which fruits abundantly under pine. The two share a similar growth form, i.e. branches which tend to be flattened apically. Interestingly, specimens of both species can be found with pointed or rounded branch tips and some authors theorize that this "clubbing" may be caused by a parasitizing fungus. Several small Ramaria species resemble Clavulina cinerea, but can be distinguished by their 4-spored basidia.

I found this info HERE.

Hope you like!

ISO100 - F:4,5 - 1/25 sec. - Manual exposure - Minitripod

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Hi Felipe,

I think you have maybe right. But i think it is the Clavulina coralloides. Clavulina cinerea has more greycolours in it (source: fungis of europe, Henning Knudsen and Jens Petersen)Anyway a marvelous photo. So fragile. Beautiful colours. Good POV, DOF and BG. Well done

Hello Felipe,
Good work.
Nice light and well composed.

Hi Felipe,
A beautiful fungi. Very good details and lighting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Felipe
Wow, what a interesting looking fungi. Excellent lighting and detail. The green plant is a nice contrast to the fungi. I love the intricate growth pattern here. Great note.
TFS Janice

Nice photo, colors and sharpness are all excellent. The club/coral are all ways a problem to name and with out a microscope even more difficult. In general Clavulina have smooth white spores and two spored basida making it easy to get to genus but to species level not so easy. TFS

Hi Felipe.
Veri interessante.Parece uma escultura.
Perfect shot.

Hola Felipe,
Que belleza! Excelentes detalles y nitidez
Bella composición
Saludos, Shir

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
ˇQue buena mano teneis para fotografiar hongos, la composición, luz y nitidez son soberbias, Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Felipe.
Amazing detail and showing all the texture, wonderful image. Composition, sharpness, exposure and DOF are superb.

New Zealand

Beautifully sharp capture of this fungi Felipe.
The exposure, colour and composition are all absolutely perfect.
Another fantastic shot.
Excellente El Presidente !

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-08-11 7:58]

Cze¶ć Felipe. Tradycyjnie zdjęcie idealene kompozycyjnie i od strony technicznej. Wy¶mienita robota.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

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