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Page number:741 
Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Ramaria aurea (Schaeffer per Fries) Quelet. 1888. Flore Mycol. p. 467.
Clavaria aurea Schaeffer per Fries. 1838. Epicrisis p. 574.
[- Clavaria aurea Schaeffer. 1774. Ind.: 121, pl. 287 (devalidated names).]
Clavariella aurea (Schaeffer per Fries) Karsten. 1881. Rev. Mycol. Roum., 3, (9):21.
Corallium aurea (Schaeffer per Fries) Hahn. 1883. Pilzsammler, p. 73.
Fruit bodies up to 10 cm high, up to 7 cm broad, repeatedly branched. Stipe portion single to fasciculate, stout, smooth, white or near-white, usually with more than one fruit body formed from a single point. Major branches numerous, concolorous to stipe below, then light lemon yellow (243-244-S), with this color sometimes also downward into upper stipe; secondary branches becoming pale flat salmon color (199-S) when mature, perhaps more yellow when young; upper branch flesh more salmon than hymenium (close to 194-S) ; branch apices deep ochraceous yellow (211-S) in the apical 2 mm when young, fading somewhat in age and quickly concolorous with branches downward. Abortive branchlets white below, clear light yellow (244-245-S) on upper stipe and branches where protected. Flesh of stipe white, not marbled. Taste none, odor very mildly fragrant, not fabaceous.
Macrochemical reactions: Branch sections quickly slate green in FSW, with no change in added ETON; slowly deep slate green in FCL; not reactive in GUA, PYR, ANO, KOH and NH4.
Hyphae of stipe flesh 2.5-8.0 µm diam, thin to slightly thick walled (wall up to 0.5 µm thick), hyaline, interwoven, without clamp connections; hyphae of stipe surface similar; gloeoplerous hyphae occasional, as in branches; sculptured hyphae rare, thin walled, not juxtaposed to septa. Hyphae of upper branch trama 2.9-9.6 µm diam, parallel, hyaline, without clamp connections, thin walled; gloeoplerous hyphae uninflated, 2.9-5.0 µm diam, occasional to common, strongly cyanophilous, often puffed; sculptured hyphae occasional, swollen, not juxtaposed to septa, sculpturing rather gross. Basidia 58-73 x 12.5-15.0 µm, clavate to somewhat apically subbulbous, hyaline under phase contrast, not strongly cyanophilous, multiguttulate when mature, without clamp connection, 2-4-sterigmate; sterigmata straight, spindly, subcoronate.
Spores (Fig. 2) 11-13 x 4.8-5.9 µm (E = 1.942.54, Em = 2.30), broadly cylindrical to broadly ovoid, rough in outline; contents granular to (usually) multiguttulate at maturity, weakly cyanophilous; wall moderately thick (less than 0.3 µm thick), weakly cyanophilous; apiculus eccentric, gradual, not prominent; ornamentation strongly cyanophilous, of coarse ridges interconnected by narrow isthmuses, and of small, scattered warts.
Specimen examined:
GERMANY-Bavaria, vicinity Regensburg, 16. ix. 72, with notes and diapositive (TENN. No. 36865) (representative specimen).

Aside from those clues already enumerated under C. flavescens, which are most important, only two written clues were given by Schaeffer. One (1774b: 121) is the vulgar name "Der goldgelbe Corallenschwamm." The other (1774b: 121) is ". . . dessen Aeste einen dicken Anfang nehmen, and in sehr kurze Spitzen auslaufen." Schaeffer's plate (1774a: pl. 287) shows fruit bodies quite similar to those of C. flavescens but more intensely pigmented, just as written by Schaeffer (see C. flavescens above).
 
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