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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.


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.


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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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 6 months ago

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

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

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

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