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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on deadwood in  a swamp<br />
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Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
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Habitat: Growing on deadwood in  a swamp<br />
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Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
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Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha

I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.

Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135704/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135707/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135706/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135705/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing on deadwood in  a swamp<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135704/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135707/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135706/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135705/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria,Xylaria polymorpha,fungus

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135704/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135707/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135706/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135705/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha I was taking a shortcut through a swamp when I saw these fingers growing out of the log I was balancing on.They are insanely creepy and so cool.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing on deadwood in a swamp<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135704/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135707/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135706/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/135705/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

    comments (6)

  1. Very descriptive name. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Definitely appropriate! Posted 8 months ago
  2. OMG! A hand sticking out of the ground! :-D Posted 8 months ago
    1. Lol, it was creepy! It looked like fingers trying to grab my foot. Posted 8 months ago
  3. Ghoulish Posted 8 months ago
    1. Very! Posted 8 months ago

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"Xylaria polymorpha", commonly known as dead man's fingers, is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood.

Similar species: Xylariales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded May 26, 2022. Captured May 25, 2022 12:00 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/166s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm