Clavulinopsis laeticolor (Berkeley & Curtis) Petersen
This North American native is easy to miss, despite its bright coloring.
Identification: 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, and ¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) tall × ¹/₃₂-⅛" (1.5-3 mm) in diameter. They taste mild. They appear under hardwoods or conifers.
Edibility: Unknown; too small to be worth harvesting.
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|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.|
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Clavulinopsis laeticolor description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 11 Oct 2021.