Crown-tipped Coral

(Artomyces pyxidatus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Crown-tipped Coral

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and widespread

Season

Spring through fall

Habitat/Hosts

Dead wood of hardwoods, especially aspen, willow, maple, and cottonwood

   
    Photo by Kirk Nelson
 
Identification

Crown-tipped Coral is a very common and widespread coral fungus in eastern North America. It is saprobic, obtaining nutrients from rotting wood. It grows alone or in groups on dead, well rotted wood of hardwoods, especially aspen, willow, maple, and cottonwood.

The fruiting body is repeatedly branched, 2 to 4¾ high, and ¾ to 3 wide. Numerous branches rise from a common base, and these branches are again branched in tiers from their broadened tip. Secondary branches emerge at right angles from primary branches, giving the fungus the appearance of a candelabra. Spores are produced by cells (basidia) lining the outer surface of the upright branches.

The base or “trunk” is to 1¼ long, less than thick, and colored similar to the branches.

The branches are 1 32 to 3 16thick and pale whitish to pale yellow at first, becoming pale tan to grayish-brown or pinkish as they age. The ultimate tip of each branch is a crown-like fringed cup with 3 to 6 points. Occasionally the tips will be brown.

The flesh is tough and pliable, not brittle. It is edible but tough and stringy.

 
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Sources: 4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
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Tanonomy
This fungus was formerly classified as Clavicorona pyxidata. In 1981, W. Jülich suggested that this it should be placed in a separate genus based on morphological features. Subsequent DNA analysis supported his conclusion, and in 1982 it was moved with several other species into the new genus Artomyces.

 
Taxonomy

Division:

Basidiomycota (club fungi)

 

Subdivision:

Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)

 

Class:

Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)

 

No Rank:

Agaricomycetes incertae sedis

 

Order:

Russulales

 

Family:

Auriscalpiaceae

 
Synonyms

Clavicorona pyxidata

 
Common
Names

Crown Coral

Crown-tipped Coral

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Basidium

A microscopic, club-shaped structure on the underside of the cap of club fungi that produces spores.

 

Saprobic

Obtaining nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

       
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  Crown-tipped Coral Fungus
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  On Crown-Tipped Coral Mushrooms
The Richest Fare
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 22, 2016

In this video I give a brief overview of the Crown-Tipped Coral as a wild edible mushroom.

Go to therichestfare.com for more about real food, healthy living and spiritual encouragement.

   
       
  Crown Tipped Coral Fungi / Artomyces pyxidatus
The Roaming Gnome...Glenn Munro!
 
   
 
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Published on May 13, 2016

Coral like mushroom, yellowish - tan with branched with crown tips...growing on fallen deciduous trees. On trees....not on ground. Usually from June to September. Formerly known as Clavicorona pyxidata. Peppery taste....Edibility Rating is 2 with caution.

PERSONAL CONFIRMATION - mild peppery, used in soup after sun dried.

   
       
  Hunting Crown-Tipped Coral Mushrooms with The Mushroom Hunter
Don King
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 7, 2012

Hi! I'm Don King, The Mushroom Hunter, and thanks for checking out my videos!

Join me as I explain how to find and identify Crown-Tipped Coral Mushrooms (Clavicorona pyxidata)

Please visit http://themushroomhunter.com for more videos, pics and mushroom bumper stickers!

   
       
  Crown-tipped coral fungus
Doctor Mushroom - Natural Healing
 
   
 
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Published on May 19, 2016

Artomyces pyxidatus) Edible, with good peppery taste. Grows on wood. The coral fungus which grows on ground is usually not edible.

These videos are for educational purposes, not to promote any product or service. Always confirm ID's using multiple sources. Dr. Mushroom assumes no liability for misidentification (by you or him), or incomplete or otherwise incorrect information. A short video should serve to stimulate interest, and prod you to seek out more complete information.

   
       
  Clavicorona pyxidata, the crown tipped coral fungus
olddenimguy
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 17, 2012

Large coral fungi display discovered in Gun Plain Township, Michigan.

   
       

 

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Location: East Bethel, Minnesota, our back yard near our deck and patio, on a rotting log

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8/18/2017

Location: Blue Earth, MN

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7/1/2017

Location: Fort Snelling State Park

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Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park

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