Xylaria hypoxylon

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Xylaria hypoxylon

20 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Candle Snuff Fungus, Stag's Horn

Fruiting Body

Cylindrical, or antler shaped, often flattened, black, tips white and powdery, then black at maturity, to about 5 cm high

Flesh

White, hard

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On dead wood, usually of deciduous trees

Spore Print

Black

Microscopic Features

Ascospores kidney shaped, droplets, smooth (11-14) x (5-6) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Additional Photographs

Xylaria hypoxylon

Growing on a Pine stump. 20 November 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin