Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
Straight-branched coral [fungus] or upright coral can be found on decayed coniferous and hardwood logs and stumps (i.e., it is lignicolous) throughout Europe and North America. It is not considered edible, but this seems to be due to its toughness and bitterness as opposed to toxicity. The Fungi of California has a factsheet on Ramaria stricta (with more photographs).