Common Ramaria (Ramaria eumorpha)Systematics:
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
- Order: Gomphales
- Family: Gomphaceae (Gomfovy)
- Genus: Ramaria (Ramaria)
- Species: Ramaria eumorpha (Common Ramaria)
- Spruce horn
- Ramaria Invalii
- Clavaria invalii
- Clavariella eumorpha
Ramaria vulgaris is one of the most common species of horned mushrooms in the forest. Strongly branched, yellow-ocher-colored fruit bodies grow in small groups in shady places on a dead cover under a pine or spruce, sometimes they form curved lines or full "witch circles".
The fruit body is from 1.5 to 6-9 cm high and from 1.5 to 6 cm wide. Branched, bushy, with slender, upright-straight branches. The color is uniform, pale ocher or ocher brown.
Flesh : fragile in young specimens, later harsh, rubbery, light.
Smell : not pronounced.
Taste : with a slight bitterness.
Spore powder : ocher
Season and habitat
Summer-autumn, from early July to October. Grows on litter in coniferous forests, abundantly, often, annually.
Conditionally edible (in some reference books - edible) mushroom of poor quality, used fresh after boiling. To get rid of the bitterness, some recipes recommend a long, 10-12 hours soaking in cold water, changing the water several times.
The mushroom is similar to Ramaria yellow, which has a harder flesh.
Feoklavulina fir (Phaeoclavulina abietina) in its ocher variation can also be very similar to Rogatik Intvala, however, Phaeoclavulina abietina's flesh turns green rapidly when damaged.
The name "Spruce Horn (Ramaria abietina)" is indicated as a synonym for both Ramaria Invalii and Phaeoclavulina abietina, but it should be understood that in this case these are homonyms, and not the same species.
Photo: Vitaly Gumenyuk