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09/17/2022 03:19PM  
Calling all fungi experts. I found this specimen on the Gaskin-to-Horseshoe portage. I am at a loss as to its identification. Can anyone help? It was about 3 inches across.
 
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09/17/2022 04:19PM  
Google says it's Clavaria zollingeri but I don't know if Google counts as a mushroom expert. I'm certainly not but seems like a plausible answer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clavaria_zollingeri
 
09/17/2022 04:24PM  
Didn't Ego plant something like that on Earth in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We're screwed.
 
09/17/2022 05:45PM  
prettypaddle: "Google says it's Clavaria zollingeri but I don't know if Google counts as a mushroom expert. I'm certainly not but seems like a plausible answer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clavaria_zollingeri "
Thanks. The reference image certainly looks very similar to my picture.
 
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09/22/2022 11:38AM  
We have that at our cabin in southern Ohio and just found some over Labor Day but it wasn't purple. That is awesome! I always just refer to it as coral fungus because it looks like it belongs in the ocean or an aquarium
 
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09/22/2022 02:00PM  

Coral fungi (Clavariaceae) also known as Antler fungi, Finger fungi, Worm mold, and Spaghetti mushroom. First classified by French botanist Francois Fulgis Chevalier in 1826.
 
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09/22/2022 05:06PM  
It’s edible?
 
09/22/2022 10:08PM  
Mocha: "It’s edible?"
Maybe. See under "Description" in the Wikipedia article linked by pretty paddle.
 
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09/22/2022 10:11PM  
Try it and let me know.....
 
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