White Worm Coral Mushroom

By William T. Hathaway

White Worm Coral Mushroom (Clavaria vermicularis)

The arrival of copious rains this season has brought forth mountains of greenery in all directions. Landscape managers and farmers are sharing in both positive and negative results of such an abnormal amount of precipitation. The biological kingdom of fungi is reaping the benefits of rare moist environs. Mushrooms are popping up in unexpected places.

The White Worm Coral Mushroom (Clavaria vermicularis) is one of those species hardly recognized as a true mushroom; nonetheless, it can be found during July thru September, clustered in woodlands and fields — particularly on overcast days. The upright clusters may reach from 5 to 15 cm tall and become somewhat translucent when soaking wet.