Clavaria fragilis (Wormvormige knotszwam (BE) / white spindles (EN) / Wurmförmige Keule (DE) / Clavaire vermiculée (FR) ) is a species of fungus in the Clavariaceae family, producing tubular, white basidiocarps (fruit bodies) in clusters. It is the type species of the genus Clavaria and is a typical member of the clavarioid or club fungi. Fruit bodies are irregularly tubular, smooth to furrowed, sometimes compressed, very fragile, white, up to 150 by 5 mm, typically growing in dense clusters. The tip of the fruit body tapers to a point, and may yellow and curve with age. It grows in woodland and in grassland and is presumed to be saprotrophic, rotting down fallen leaf litter and dead grass stems. I found this specimen at the edge of a trail through the wood. The highest specimen here measures about 40mm x 3 mm
Image: Schilde (BE) - 17/09/2010
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