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Unknown Fungus

Description:

I had name these "Angel Wings" from the 1st foto, but then I see there actually is a fungus with that name. I think these look MUCH more like angel wings but. . . . . I assume these brilliant white fungi start out as spikes but then grow out into flatter fruiting bodies as they grow. The larger of these were probably 4-6 cm tall. I am guessing it could be an anamorph of Xylocoremium flebilliforme, but that is strictly a guess based on the pictures in the guide in the second reference on the right. It is almost certainly a Xylocoremium. I would be very happy if someone could confirm or reject Xylocoremium flebilliforme.

Habitat:

These were found on a downed tree trunk that was 3 meters long and 20-25 cm in diameter on the bank of the Makuma River (650 masl) and above the normal flood line. This section of the Makuma River is in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.

Notes:

I saw the white trunk from afar and was amazed to find it nearly covered with this fungus. It reminded me of a heavy frost in NW Iowa. This has to be the most amazing fungus I have seen!


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4 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

Hi Brian, Zlatan & Neil. I appreciate your comments and help. I'm in the middle of transitioning back to the States until November and have been away for a while. Probably still another week until I'm in a position to dedicate much time to PN ☹ Thanks for checking this out.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

This is most unusual. I found this image this morning, but it gives no details other than it's on the Galapagos Islands - https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/LocationP... I'll keep looking. Oh, and I can see why Xylocoremium flebilliforme would be of interest. The images in the second reference link look promising.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 months ago

wow! a fairy wings indeed...

Brian38
Brian38 6 months ago

I haven't seen anything exactly like this one. Xylaria is possible, but I haven't found one that matches yet.

Tukup
Spotted by
Tukup

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on May 5, 2019
Submitted on May 7, 2019

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