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Dead man's fingers

Xylaria polymorpha

Notes:

Again, mushrooms in my parents' yard. I am not sure if they are the same, but they were all growing around a small ground level tree "stump".

2 Species ID Suggestions

CandiceB
CandiceB 8 years ago
Dead man's fingers
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Xylaria polymorpha


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5 Comments

MeganM
MeganM 8 years ago

Hey, for the first time I feel fortunate to live in Iowa! :P Pouihi, I observed them until I moved away for college in mid-August. In that time, they did not change at all. I wish I could have seen if they changed after that as well. Thanks to all for helping with the ID!

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 8 years ago

Candice, wouldn't the scientific name be Xylaria polymorpha?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylaria_pol...

Ironic how we were discussing dead man's foot, and here this spotting is probably dead man's fingers!

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 8 years ago

Hahha I can't forget my first P. tinctorius encounter (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/825...) ... it looked like the dropping of some kind of animal dropping, and for the longest time I stood there wondering if I should trust my gut and slice it open with my pocket knife. After praying to David Arora, I was so relieved that it was indeed a mushroom!

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 8 years ago

Hahha that's usually the prime season for hunting for urban mushrooms in my area, and Podaxis pistillaris popping up everywhere in many parks and neighborhoods is not very exciting after seeing the hundreth or so one.
And yes, I have no clue what these mushrooms could be... I've never seen them in a guide before, and they are strange indeed. A kind of mutated stinkhorn with a funky twist on the color would be all I could come up with.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 8 years ago

Exactly what I was thinking pouihi! All we have where I live is a scorching desert by day and freezing temperatures by night... not fit for most mushrooms. You're very fortunate Megan!

MeganM
Spotted by
MeganM

Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jun 14, 2009
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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