Xylaria hypoxylon (Geweizwam (BE) / candlestick fungus, candlesnuff fungus, carbon antlers or the stag's horn fungus (EN) / Geweihförmige Holzkeule (DE) / Xylaire du bois (FR)) is an inedible species of fungus in the Xylariaceae family.
The fruit bodies (ascocarps), characterized by erect, elongated black and hairy branches with whitened tips from asexual spores (conidia), typically grow in clusters on decaying hardwood. They are often twisted or bent, and typically sparsely branched, often in a shape resembling an antler's horns.
I found this particular beautiful shaped specimen during some previous trips in the area, but that day the late afternoon sunlight was just perfect. Growing on an old mossy stump at the edge of a clearing in the wood covered with orange and brown colored grass, it provided me the perfect setting to get a smooth autumn-colored background. I made my setup and waited for the sun to lit the fungus. A few minutes later, the species was again covered within the shadow of the surrounding trees ...
Image: Schilde (BE) - 29/10/2010
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