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Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Golden spindles

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusClavulinopsis
Speciesfusiformis

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This fungus is native to the northern half of North America, especially in the northeast.

Identification: This fungus occurs in dense clusters with a common base, reaching a height of 1¾-6" (5-15 cm). They form thin yellow (sometimes pale yellow or cream-colored) fruiting bodies that become tipped with brown with age. Found under hardwoods or conifers.

Edibility: Not edible; tastes bitter.

 

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

10/10/2021 · Witt’s End Trail, Norway, Maine
≈ 1¾ × 2½" (4.4 × 7.2 cm)

Following are some similar species:

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Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Clavulinopsis laeticolor

Calocera viscosa
Common Name

golden spindles


yellow stagshorn fungus
Plant Occurs in dense clusters with a common base, reaching a height of 1¾-6" (5-15 cm). Thin yellow (or pale yellow or cream) fruiting bodies become tipped with brown with age. Tastes bitter. Found under hardwoods or conifers. Fruiting bodies are usually separate (no common base), cylindrical but sometimes thicker near the top, sometimes partially flattened or twisted, with tips that are usually rounded. They are yellow-orange to orange. They taste mild. They are relatively short, ¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) tall × ¹/₃₂-⅛" (1.5-3 mm) in diameter. Found under hardwoods or conifers. Fruiting bodies up to 5" (12 cm) tall. Yellow, sometimes orange. They appear on areas of dead oak and other hardwoods that lack bark. Fungus tips branch into a distinctive Y shape.
Type Wild Wild Wild

 

Online References:

Michael Kuo's MushroomExpert.com

AmericanMushrooms.com

RogersMushrooms.com

Indiana Mushrooms

MycoMagnet

MycoBank

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/6/2014 · Shieling Forest, Peterborough, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3 × 3" (7.6 × 7.8 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

9/7/2013 · Beech Hill, Dublin, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3½ × 3½" (9.5 × 9.6 cm) ID is uncertain

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Beau Bridge Trail, Holyoke, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 8.6 cm) ID is uncertain

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/16/2012 · Mt. Tom State Reservation, Beau Bridge Trail, Holyoke, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 8 cm) ID is uncertain

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

6/15/2007 · Maine · By Kathleen Williamson ID is uncertain

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

9/5/2009 · Willard Brook State Park, Orange Trail, Townsend, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 2½ × 2½" (6.9 × 6.1 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/5/2019 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Wildflower Trail, Hollis, New Hamp­shire
≈ 2 × 1¾" (5.2 × 4.4 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

6/15/2007 · Maine · By Kathleen Williamson ID is uncertain

 

Clavulinopsis fusiformis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 19 Aug 2023.

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Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/26/2017 · Skatutakee Mountain, Hancock, New Hamp­shire
≈ 2 × 2" (5.9 × 5.6 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

7/31/2021 · Otter Brook Preserve, Harpswell, Maine
≈ 3½ × 2½" (8.7 × 7.2 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/15/2021 · Bass Falls Preserve, Alna, Maine
≈ 2½ × 3" (6.7 × 7.8 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

10/10/2021 · Witt’s End Trail, Norway, Maine
≈ 1¾ × 2½" (5 × 7.2 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/24/2013 · Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail, Monadnock Conservancy, Peterborough, New Hamp­shire
≈ 4½ × 3½" (12 × 9.1 cm)

Clavulinopsis fusiformis (golden spindles)

8/26/2017 · Skatutakee Mountain, Hancock, New Hamp­shire
≈ 3 × 3" (7.9 × 8.1 cm)