Dead Man's Fingers Xylaria polymorpha (Persoon) Greville  


Fruiting body: White when young (asexual stage), black in age (sexual stage). Irregularly club/spindle-shaped; finely roughened and cracked in age; flesh white, fibrous, tough. Spores have a straight slit running 1/2 to 2/3 their length (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

Where to find:

Usually dense clusters on decaying hardwood stumps (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 10 records in the project database.

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Dead Man's Fingers in Howard Co., Maryland (7/31/2010). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Dead Man's Fingers (deteriorating fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (1/9/2018). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Dead Man's Fingers spores collected in Howard Co., Maryland (1/9/2018). Fusiform (one side flattened), smooth, dark w/ germ slit running 1/2-2/3 length of spore; measured 23.0 – 29.0 X 6.9 – 8.0 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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