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Yup, Xylaria, probably X polymorpha.
See the link to the Dead Man's Fingers mushroom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylaria_pol...
Here's a link to your university website which describes this http://hyg.ipm.illinois.edu/pastpest/200...
Growing on mulch that was recently added.
About three inches tall at most, seem to be connected at the base.
Description?... possibly Xylaria sp.
Spotted on Jun 11, 2013 Submitted on Jun 11, 2013
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