Thanks to Ibrahim Hadžić (Montenegro) for ID.
Coral fungus, growing on soil in stand of mixed totara/Kunzea
Not sure if it is this but it is a starting point
A coral fungus found near Craigieburn Stream under mountain beech trees.
trackside manuka/kanuka scrub
The one on the left...
We picked up these specimens from around the forest to display to visitors. IDs are definite, checked by experts at the site.
This 4" high Coral fungus, growing under Douglas Firs and Western Redcedars, has passed its prime.
The genus Ramaria comprises approximately 200 species of coral fungi. Several, such as Ramaria flava, are edible and picked in Europe, though they are easily confused with several mildly poisonous species capable of causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea; these include R. formosa and R. pallida.