|Fruiting bodies of the Coral Tooth Fungus|
For most of the year this fungus is invisible to us, residing inside a decaying log as root-like mycelium. The fruiting body is only seen in late summer or fall when the fungus is ready to reproduce by sending microscopic spores into the wind. The spores from the Coral Tooth are white colored.
|A close-up of the fruiting body showing the branching coral-like structures|
The fruiting body of this fungus grows as a thick white stalk that branches into structures that greatly resemble coral - as its species name coralloides suggests. This fruiting body can grow as large as 12 inches across by 12 inches tall. A log that contains the mycelium may have several of these fruiting bodies growing from it. As the fruiting body ages it fades from white to a yellowish or brownish color.
|This log had more than a dozen separate fruiting bodies - ranging in size from a couple of inches to a foot across|
This species is also known as the Comb Tooth and was previously classified as H. ramosum.
Coral Tooth Fungus