Coral-like fungi are branched and "coral-like" in form. Both fleshy and "leafy" forms are included here. Branched polypores and upright jelly fungi are excluded. The term "coral fungi" is different: in its most restricted sense it refers only to members of Clavariaceae (not including even Ramaria).
Two excellent keys have been written for Ramaria of the Pacific Northwest, the first by Kitt Scates-Barnhart and revised by Michael Beug (RAMARIA I), and the second with more emphasis on microscopic characters by Ron Exeter (RAMARIA II). Ron Exeter is co-author with Lorelei Norvell and Efrén Cázares of a beautifully illustrated and informative book:
Ramaria of the Pacific Northwestern United States. published in November 2006 by the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Salem District, 1717 Fabry Road SE, Salem, Oregon 97306. The cost is $27 and the soft-bound book is 157 pages with lots of color photographs (193+). Phone orders can be placed at 1-503-375-5646 or it can be ordered by mail at the Fabry Road address above.
A second key is planned that will examine coral fungi that are not Ramaria. This will cover the species below.
- END -