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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man&#039;s Fingers with white tips (coating of asexual spores). As they mature, they will darken and turn black.  <br />
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Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest. <br />
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Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man's Fingers with white tips (coating of asexual spores). As they mature, they will darken and turn black.

Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest.

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers with white tips (coating of asexual spores). As they mature, they will darken and turn black. <br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82461/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82462/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers with white tips (coating of asexual spores). As they mature, they will darken and turn black. <br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing in clusters on rotten wood in a deciduous forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82461/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82463/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

    comments (6)

  1. Such intriguing forms...brings back the memory of seeing clusters of these for the first time, quite a shock. Scientific brain reassuring that it was indeed fungi, medically trained brain saying 'nope, that's definitely decay on a buried body' ha ha. The ones I saw were utterly convincing. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Haha, some can be very convincing - especially when there are numerous blackish ones sticking out of the ground. So creepy ;P Posted 3 years ago
  2. Wonderful name - I love it! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Barry, it is fantastically descriptive. Posted 3 years ago
  3. Perfect! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 3 years 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 Jul 29, 2019. Captured May 31, 2019 10:57 in 5 Front St, Patterson, NY 12563, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm