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Fairy Clubs Fruiting

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The fungal family Clavariaceae includes simple, unbranched upright clubs and fleshy, intricately branched, coral-like forms. This family includes several groups of fungi that, due to their appearance, are commonly known as coral fungi. Coral fungi come in every color imaginable and among them are “fairy clubs” – small, mostly fragile fungi that live off of dead or decaying organic matter.  They are found on the ground or occasionally on rotting wood. These delicate fungi are usually unbranched or sparingly branched and shaped like slender, erect clubs.  Appearing in late summer/early fall, they are often found growing in clusters. Due to their small size and fragility, they are not considered to have any food value.

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10 responses

  1. Marilyn

    I noticed some of those recently…

    August 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

  2. Viola

    Perhaps they have no food value, but the picture of the pale lime-green against the brown and green backgrounds is stunning!

    August 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

  3. Thanks for this post. I’ve always wondered what they were as I see them in the woods quite often at this time of year.

    August 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

  4. Kathie Fiveash

    I’m joining the Fairy Club!

    August 21, 2017 at 10:58 am

  5. Maynard Wheeler

    Beautiful photo of the Spindle-shaped Yellow Coral, Clavulinopsis fusiformis

    August 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  6. Amy and Michael Robinson

    By any chance, are they related to Indian Pipe which seem to be grey-white growing in clusters this time of year. thanks, Amy&Mike

    August 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    • I’m afraid not. Although both Indian Pipe and fungi have no chlorophyll, Indian Pipe is a flowering plant, which fungi are not.

      August 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  7. c peltz

    are these poisonous to eat?

    August 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    • I honestly don’t know. Have read that they are and that they are not. Perhaps a reader knows firsthand…

      August 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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