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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 6 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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