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Clavulina cristata                  Crested Coral

Crested Coral starts off white but ages to cream and sometimes when it becomes attacked by other fungi it becomes grey or even blackish.  The distinctive feature of this coral fungus, as seen in the photograph, is that the  branch tips are flattend and toothed like a cockscomb.  It fruits on the ground and is one of the most common of the coral fungi.  The other common, white, branching coral is Ramariopsis kunzei.   This latter species has slender branches with open branching and the branch tips are not crested.