Xylaria longipes (Esdoornhoutknotszwam (BE) / Dead Moll's Fingers (EN) / Langstielige Holzkeule (DE) /Xylaire à long pied (FR)) is a club shaped fungus in the Xylariaceae family. The species is saprobic on decaying hardwood, especially maples and beech, growing directly from the wood. There are many similar species within the genus but this one often has a longer stem structure than the others. For exact determination microscopic research is mostly necessary. Fruiting bodys are between 2 and 8 cm tall, up to 2cm across. They have a rounded tip. The black surface becomes craced and scaly whith maturity. The species feels as hard as wood.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 21/09/2010
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