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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Agaricales: Clavariaceae: Clavaria fragilis Holmsk., 1790

Clavaria fragilis – White worm coral

Synonyms: Clavaria cylindrica, Clavaria eburnea, Clavaria vermicularis, Xylaria albicans.

Common names: white worm coral, white spindles.

Russian name: Klavariya khrupkaya.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Clavaria fragilis, commonly known as fairy fingers, white worm coral, or white spindles, is a species of fungus in the family Clavariaceae. It is synonymous with Clavaria vermicularis. The fungus is the type species of the genus Clavaria and is a typical member of the clavarioid or club fungi. It produces tubular, unbranched, white basidiocarps (fruit bodies) that typically grow in clusters. The fruit bodies can reach dimensions of 15 cm (5.9 in) tall by 0.5 cm (0.2 in) thick. Clavaria fragilis is a saprobic species, growing in woodland litter or in old, unimproved grassland. It is widespread throughout temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere, but has also been reported from Australia and South Africa. The fungus is edible, but insubstantial and flavorless. There are several other small white coral-like fungi with which C. fragilis may be confused.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

White worm coral mushrooms <B>Clavaria fragilis</B> (Clavaria vermicularis) from a greenhouse on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2017-09-30.htm">September 30, 2017</A>
LinkWhite worm coral mushrooms Clavaria fragilis (Clavaria vermicularis) from a greenhouse on mushroom show in Botanic Gardens of Komarov Botanical Institute. Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 30, 2017
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Ботанический сад

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Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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