June 20, 2013
Here is a new one for me. These pictures are from Melissa Irizarry in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic laboratory at Iowa State University. It was found in an Iowa Lawn. She identified it as Coral Fungi. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
The clavarioid fungi are a group of fungi in the Basidiomycota typically having erect, simple or branched basidiocarps (fruit bodies) that are formed on the ground, on decaying vegetation, or on dead wood. They are colloquially called club fungi and coral fungi. Originally such fungi were referred to the genus Clavaria ("clavarioid" means Clavaria-like),
but it is now known that clavarioid species are not all closely
related. Since they are often studied as a group, it is convenient to
retain the informal (non-taxonomic) name of "clavarioid fungi" and this
term is frequently used in research papers.
I have never seen it before. I am wondering if anyone else out there is running into it. Let me know by e-mail email@example.com.