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Violet coral mushroom

Coral mushrooms are among the most alluring forms of macrofungi. They exhibit a wide range of colors and many resemble marine corals. Most grow on the ground and form mycorrhiza with trees, but a few are saprotrophs that live on decaying wood. Coral mushrooms may be simple finger or club-shaped, or they can be extensively branched and shrub-like. The spores are formed on the uppermost part of the clubs or erect branches. This violet coral (Clavaria zollingeri) was photographed in Babcock State Park, W.Va.

Visit Website | Image credit: Jon Sullivan, PDPhoto.org /Text: Bill Roody, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources