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Xylaria anamorph

Xylaria spp.


About 6mm tall.
If only they were much bigger they might resemble morchella or gyromitra. White folds externally and a distinct pink tint at it's centre.
Hoping for a spore print tomorrow.
Update - zero spore print.


Growing from the crevices of a treefern stem in a local rainforest nature reserve..


Zero spore print supports the idea that this is an anamorph (asexual form).
"The "anamorph," or asexual stage, of Xylaria cubensis looks quite a bit different from its sexual stage. Though the anamorph was recognized previously by some as a separate species, "Xylocoremium flabelliforme," current taxonomic rules require sexual and asexual stages to be treated as one taxonomic entity. The anamorph appears in winter, spring, and early summer, and looks a bit like soggy cotton candy on a tiny stick."
Full discussion here from Michael Kuo noting contributions from an old PN entity 'Fluffberger'

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 months ago

Unusual fungus, Mark, and great notes! Congrats on 2500 spottings.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 20, 2020
Submitted on Jun 20, 2020

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