Xylaria longipes

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Xylaria longipes

10 October 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Spindle shaped, sometimes branched, with a narrow stem, surface rough, brownish black, to about 6 cm high by about 1 cm across

Flesh

Hard, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

All year

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On dead branches from deciduous trees, favouring sycamore

Microscopic Features

Ascospores spindle shaped, with droplets, smooth (12-16) x (5-7) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This fungus could be confused with slender forms of Xylaria polymorpha. The two may be separated by examination of the spores.