Nature Notes

July 15, 2017

Dead Man’s Fingers

Filed under: Fungi,Ontario — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Dead Man's Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

I was having a wander through a local woods when I noticed this very odd looking fungi nestled in a dark corner. It is known as Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha. It grows near the base of a dead stump on the wood just beneath the ground. I suppose with a little imagination, it might resemble the fingers of a dead man, but I tend to think it looks more like something a cat might leave behind.

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  1. I like your fungi. I have never seen anything like it before. I video tape fungi, lichen, and other slimy things, besides birds and wildlife.

    Old Duffer

    Comment by Old Duffer — September 2, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  2. Thanks very much.

    Your website looks great. I have been getting into videos as well, great fun, even if I don’t get to star bears in my backyard.


    Comment by Harold — September 3, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

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