Ramaria botrytis is an edible species of coral fungus in the family
Gomphaceae. It is commonly known as the clustered coral, the pink-tipped
coral mushroom, or the cauliflower coral. Its robust fruit body can grow
up to 15 cm (6 in) in diameter and 20 cm (8 in) tall, and resembles
some marine coral. Its dense branches, which originate from a stout,
massive base, are swollen at the tips and divided into several small
branchlets. The branches are initially whitish but age to buff or tan,
with tips that are pink to reddish. The flesh is thick and white. The
type species of the genus Ramaria, R. botrytis was first described
scientifically in 1797 by mycologist Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. A
widely distributed species, it is found in North America, North Africa,
central and eastern Europe, Australia, and Asia. Fruit bodies of Ramaria
botrytis are edible, and young specimens have a mild, fruity taste. Some
authors warn of laxative effects in susceptible individuals. The fungus
contains several bioactive compounds, and fruit bodies have
antimicrobial activity against several species and strains of drug-
resistant bacteria that cause disease in humans.
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