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Description type:Non-original description 
Description:Ramaria fasciculata Coker apud Petersen, 1982. Sydowia, 35: 186.
---Clavaria conjunctipes var. odora Coker, 1923. Clav. U.S. & Canada, p. 132.
---Ramaria conjunctipes var. odora Coker apud Corner, 1950. Ann. Bot. Mem. 1: 567.
Fruit bodies (Fig. 13) up to 6 x 4 cm, subspherical to broadly obovate in outline. Stipe slender (up to 4 mm thick), fasciculate in groups of up to 10 individuals, loosely bound by superficial white tomentum, rooting somewhat, white where protected. Branches of individual fruit bodies in 2-4 ranks, slender (up to 3 mm thick below, 2 mm or less above), terete, fleshy pallid salmon to salmon colored ("light salmon orange," "salmon color," "flesh ocher,") to pallid ochre ("light ochraceous buff"); flesh solid to locally hollow, white, somewhat stringy; axils narrowly rounded; internode ratio diminishing rather abruptly apically in maturity; apices pale yellow ("maize yellow," "pinard yellow," "pale ochraceous salmon," "cream color"), minutely double-dichotomous when young, minutely digitate by maturity. Odor negligible to mildly aromatic; taste negligible to mildly fabaceous. Macrochemical reactions not recorded.
Tramal hyphae of upper branches up to 10 I,m diam, hyaline, thin-walled, clampless, parallel. Hymenium not significantly thickening; basidia 45-55 x 6-7 tm, clavate, clampless; sterigmata 4.
Spores (Fig. 14) 7.2-9.7 x 4.7-5.8 /,tm (E = 1.47-2.00; Em = 1.66; Lm = 8.51 µm), broadly ovate to broadly cylindrical, obscurely roughened in profile; wall thin, easily collapsed; contents one- to two-guttulate, the guttules golden, refringent; hilar appendix gradual, almost perpendicular to spore axis; ornamentation none to obscure, small warts often indiscernable proximal to median area; suprahilar struma present.
Commentary
This taxon, reported by McAfee and Grund (1982) as R. conjunctipes, is marked by fasciculate stipes, clampless septa, broad spores, salmon-pink branches and light yellow apices. The term struma is used here to describe a small, indiscrete, cyanophilous nodule just over the hilar appendix. It is more intensely cyanophilous than the warts that compose the normal ornamentation, and occurs in an area not often occupied by warts. Moreover, while the normal warts are rather discrete in outline when well stained, the struma is not. The node seems limited to a small area just above the hilar appendix, not spreading over adjacent wall surface.
There is a complex of taxa ("stirps" of some authors) the members of which share several characters, namely (i) orange, coral, or pink branches and yellow apices; (ii) clampless septa; (iii) wide spores (reflected by Em values less than 2.00); and (iv) fasciculate, slender stipes. Included are the following: Ramaria conjunctipes (Coker) Corner and its varieties tsugensis Marr & Stuntz and sparsiramosa Marr & Stuntz, R. raveneliana (Coker) Pet., R. ignicolor (Bres.) Corner, and R. fasciculata (Coker apud Pet.) Pet. Of these, R. conjunctipes (var. conjunctipes) was described as exhibiting "saffron" branches with pale clear yellow tips, so although its spores are similar (7.9-9.4 x 4.7-5.4 Im; E = 1.47-2.00; Em = 1.80; Lm = 8.19 tm) to those of the Nova Scotian taxon, fruit body differences exempt this name from representing it.
Marr and Stuntz (1973) distinguished R. fasciculata (as R. conjunctipes var. odora) and R. raveneliana (as a variety of R. conjunctipes) as fruiting under deciduous forests. While the latter may be so restricted (I know it only from a few collections) the former surely is not so. Instead, it is commonly found in mixed forests usually where Tsuga is common. Nonetheless, the spores of R. raveneliana are somewhat longer (8.9-11.2 x 5.0-6.1 /m; E = 1.53-2.00; Em = 1.80; Lm = 9.94 µm) than those of the Nova Scotian taxon, and branches are commonly hollow, again unlike the material cited below.
Ramaria conjunctipes var. sparsiramosa produces smaller, more slender, less branched fruit bodies than the Nova Scotian specimens (I have collected the variety in western North America), and smaller spores (6-10 x 4-6.5 µm; Lm = 7.5 /m, teste Marr). Spores of R. c. var. tsugensis apparently are identical with fruit bodies associated with western hemlock. It is likely that R. c. var. tsugensis does not differ significantly from R. fasciculata and that further study will conclude that they are synonymous.
Finally, R. ignicolor, with small, wide spores (7.4-9.0 x 5.5-5.9 Im; E = 1.31-1.60; Em = 1.43; Lm = 7.78 ttm) and hollow branches, seems to share characters with R. fasciculata (spore statistics) and R. raveneliana (stature and hollow branches), but is limited to the southern Alps.
A Pacific landmass fungus very similar to those discussed above is R. lorithamnus (Berk.) Pet. Sharing stature, clamplessness, and spore statistics (7.9-9.4 x 4.7-5.8 jam; E = 1.56-1.85; Em = 1.66; Lm = 8.75 Lm), it differs in having bright yellow colors throughout.
The Nova Scotian specimens sometimes lack a significant pink component in branch color, producing a branch color only slightly more flesh color than pallid yellow ochre. In Kornerup and Wanscher (1967) the shade is 5A4 3 (pale orange to light orange). This shade is the same as that of oven-nature fruit bodies of R. raveneliana and R. fasciculata, but the three such specimens cited below were fresh and adolescent when annotated.
While the Nova Scotian specimens do not fully agree with any of the above, I choose to represent them by the name R. fasciculata. Stature, clampless state, mostly solid branch flesh, fruiting under mixed forests all match, and spore
statistics (for R. fasciculata type specimen 7.4-8.5 x 4.4-5.2 km; E = 1.26-1.77; Em = 1.56; Lm = 7.87 µm) differ somewhat. I consider the stirps already overloaded with names, and I am loath to describe another species.
 
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