Xylaria polymorpha

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Xylaria polymorpha

8 October 2007 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Dead Man's Fingers

Fruiting Body

An irregular club shaped growth, surface rough, and cracked, dark brown to black, to about 8 cm high

Flesh

White, tough

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On stumps and logs of deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Ascospores spindle shaped, smooth (20-32) x (5-9) µm2

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Take care not to confuse with the more delicate X. longipes which favours Sycamore and other Acer species