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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha You have to be on your guard when walking past this fungus or else it may grab you by the ankle and pull you underground.<br />
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Habitat: Rotting wood in a mixed forest<br />
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The little black dots around the edges are called perithecia. The perithcia have a layer of asci, which contain the ascospores.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on rotting wood in a mixed forest<br />
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Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha

You have to be on your guard when walking past this fungus or else it may grab you by the ankle and pull you underground.

Habitat: Rotting wood in a mixed forest

Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha The last time I found this fungus, I got a blurry cross-section photo. This time, I determined to get a better shot, but this is nearly as bad.<br />
<br />
The little black dots around the edges are called perithecia. The perithcia have a layer of asci, which contain the ascospores.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Growing on rotting wood in a mixed forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/89725/dead_mans_fingers_-_xylaria_polymorpha.html Dead Man's Fingers,Geotagged,Summer,United States,Xylaria polymorpha

    comments (4)

  1. I think this one's safe, looks more like another body part instead of fingers :) Posted 2 years ago
    1. Huh. And, what body part would that be? ;P

      These are definitely creepier:
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqMD7d7WEAAGlnw?format=jpg&name=small

      and these too:
      https://www.technobyte.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Dead-mans-fingers-768x768.jpg
      Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
      1. That first one truly is scary lol. Posted 2 years ago
        1. I would love to find some in that condition. Posted 2 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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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Feb 8, 2020. Captured Aug 31, 2019 11:48 in 1 Richmond Rd, Winchester, NH 03470, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm