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Blackened, epiphytic or saprobic growths protruding from the tree bark.
Yes, it looks fungal, doesn't it? That's why I was hesitant to put it in the plants category. Now that I've taken another look at it, I think I can see small dried caps atop the dead stems.
This looks like the decayed remains of a mushroom to me.
Spotted on Oct 17, 2012 Submitted on Sep 4, 2013
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