The green-tipped coral, Ramaria apiculata.
Clavaria apiculata Fr.
Clavaria densissima Peck
Clavariella apiculata (Fr.) P. Karst.
Cha houki take modoki (Japanese)
Fruiting body: highly branched; 4-10 cm high, 2-10 cm across; branches dull buffy-tan or darker, sometimes tinted bluish-green or green (hence the common name); bruising reddish-brown.
Stem: short, branching several times in an irregularly dichotomous manner into erect, slender, rather crowded and nearly parallel branches, terminating in 2-3 dentate tips
Flesh: tough, solid, white, darkening when cut
Spores: minutely roughened, with a cyanophilous warts; ellipsoid with a squared tip; 7-10 x 3.5-5 µm.
Habit and habitat: grows in sparse to dense clusters on wood or on ground in association with rotting coniferous debris such as cones, twigs and needles. Summer and fall.
Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of R. apiculata and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 70% and 60%, respectively (Ohtsuka et al., 1973).
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Ohtsuka S, Ueno S, Yoshikumi C, Hirose F, Ohmura Y, Wada T, Fujii T, Takahashi E.
Polysaccharides having an anticarcinogenic effect and a method of producing them from species of Basidiomycetes.
UK Patent 1331513, 26 September 1973.