Saturday 3 October 2020

Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Man's Fingers

 Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Man's Fingers

In this 'new normal' world of social distancing due to Covid-19, I was in a friends garden as you do these days chatting, and found a super example of Dead Man's Fingers.  Certainly at its prime.  Black with fine wrinkles and looking like a collection of Fingers at the base of a tree stump.

Characteristics:  a fruit body that protrudes from the stumps of trees.  The fingers being blunt and up to 8 cm tall and 3 cm wide.  The colour can vary from light brown when immature to black at maturity. Texture is hard and tough with fine wrinkles sometimes visible. To be found on stumps of beech trees or nearby.

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