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Xylaria longipes

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 3/5 seconds F/6.3 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

like finger gloves ! never seen this before

6 Oct 2010 7:20am

@Veronique: That is a very good comparison, Veronique. The species is not very rare but due to its color and unusual form it is rarely recognised as a fungus ... Maybe you can find some one of the following trips in the wood ....
Greetz !

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Interesting they are as hard as wood, they look charred as if a fire as passed through.

6 Oct 2010 9:14am

@Christine: The inside of this fungus is entirely white - what a surprise ! It is a strange specimen anyway :-)

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

This is very interesting to see .. thank you for the explanation - thanks for sharing

6 Oct 2010 6:19pm

@Garfield: Thanks for visiting and your comment. I'm glad you like the image and the explanation. You're welcome.

Marleen from Netherlands

Jeetje...!!!!! De engelse benaming is zooo goed gekozen...;-)))

6 Oct 2010 8:00pm

@Marleen: Inderdaad - bij ons worden ze ook wel eens "dodemansvingers" genoemd, al slaat dit dan meestal op het geheel van de houtknotszwammen (er zijn wel wat verschillende soorten in te onderscheiden). Vaak zeggen de namen in de eigen taal zoveel meer dan de wetenschappelijke term he ... Bedankt voor je bezoekje, Marleen.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very interesting, but ugly!

7 Oct 2010 1:13am

@Julie Brown: I hope you find the specimen ugly and not the image :pppp

Marilla from Turku, Finland

These are really ugly, strange and - fascinating!

7 Oct 2010 7:42am

@Marilla: It is indeed a weard species. I just keep wondering why this species had this "ugly" color and strange form... there has to be an explannation ...

Barbara from Florida, United States

Incredibly interesting series. Excellent image.

13 Oct 2010 1:24pm

@Barbara: It seems you are visiting the whole fungus-series :-) Thanks for the compliments.

Canon EOS 400D
3/5 seconds
ISO 200
150 mm