Coral and Club Fungi

Coral mushrooms, otherwise known as Ramaria, are aptly named because they look similar to coral.  Many species are edible but some may cause gastric upset for some people. Unfortunately the corals are often attacked by larvae, which can ruin a good meal quickly. Ramaria are very difficult to identify to species because they all become the same cardboard brown with many branches in age. If you want to try to figure them out, be sure to choose a young mushroom and collect the whole specimen. 

Club fungi are small club-shaped additions to this family and often fruit in large troupes. They are more distinct than corals due to their shapes but usually not good edibles.