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Small (2-3cm) black fungi growing out of a moss mat. Looks like an ascomycete, but I'm not sure it is Xylaria since it is not visibly growing on dead wood. Ideas, mushroom people?


In a moss mat growing under a dogwood tree in my suburban yard.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AlexKonig 8 years ago
parasitic fungus (caterpillar fungus or truffle-parasite)
Ophiocordyceps sinensis - (cordyceps sinensis) Cordyceps

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AlexKonig 8 years ago

done with pleasure. love to annoy people with my suggestion.till the next time. when you find an unknown fungi, i will look at them. (no for sure, if i know them, but i will learn) greetings from nl

KristalWatrous 8 years ago

Sweet, thank you Alex! I will take a look at these links when I'm home, and will update accordingly. Thanks for your help.

AlexKonig 8 years ago

i had already seen this spotting and believe it or not, but i had this site as favorite in my browser-toolbar,to comment on it later, (but honestly i almost forgot). i got suspicious about this one a " xylaria". they doesn't stand really next to each other as the most "xylaria" done, when i spottet them. just now have research a little bit and found this : ( ) , {1th picture} do you see the little point on the top, yours just get to grow one. i guess it could also be an cordyceps. then take a look at the american "cordyceps sinensis- the real caterpillar fungus" --> ( ). really sure,can you only be, when you excavate them. BUT make sure you don't dig up the only specimen there, i had looked for others (there were 5), then i had unearth carefully (<-- very) the choosen specimen (2 standing together) and refilled the hole and covered it up, so the fungus can live/spread further unharmed/undisturbed. aslo make sure they are dont endangerd as species, dont give all information about the place!! hope to be helpfull, good luck

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Park Forest Village, Pennsylvania

Spotted on Sep 23, 2011
Submitted on Oct 21, 2011

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