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Xylaria hypoxylon a more mature specimen - love that it looks like moose antlers Geotagged,United States,Xylaria hypoxylon Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Xylaria hypoxylon

a more mature specimen - love that it looks like moose antlers

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  1. Wow, they look like antlers a lot, great shot Morpheme. Though the softest of blues it really contrasts to the quiet dark backdrop. Gratz on the promo! Posted 5 years ago
  2. My absolute favorite fungi shot by you, a master piece! Posted 5 years ago
  3. Spectacular! Posted one year ago
  4. Today's Facebook post:

    What a spectacular photo! Xylaria hypoxylon is a ubiquitous, wood-rotting fungus. This fabulous, little ‘rotter’ has several common names, including: candlestick fungus, candlesnuff fungus, and carbon antlers. The fruiting bodies are characterized by erect, elongated branches with whitened tips, which definitely resemble antlers. But, what is the reason for the other, candle-themed common names? These names don’t result from its resemblance to a candle. Rather, it gets the ‘candle’ names because this species is bioluminescent! It glows! Phosphorus, which accumulates in the fungal mycelium, reacts with oxygen, thus causing the fungus to glow. Unfortunately, the glow is weak and you would probably need night vision goggles and a lot of patience to see it. But, it’s nevertheless a funky, fascinating fungus! {Spotted in Washington, USA by JungleDragon moderator, morpheme} #JungleDragon
    Posted 3 months ago

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''Xylaria hypoxylon'' is an inedible species of fungus in the genus ''Xylaria''. It is known by a variety of common names, such as the candlestick fungus, the candlesnuff fungus, carbon antlers, or the stag's horn fungus. The fruit bodies, characterized by erect, elongated black branches with whitened tips, typically grow in clusters on decaying hardwood. The fungus can cause a root rot in hawthorn and gooseberry plants.

Similar species: Xylariales
Species identified by morpheme
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Uploaded Nov 8, 2014. Captured Nov 7, 2014 13:08 in Shy Bear Trail, Renton, WA 98059, USA.
  • X-E1
  • f/1.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO200
  • 50mm