Sunday, March 13, 2011

100 Species Challenge #78

Dead man's fingers
Specimen #78

Deadman's fingers (or dead man's fingers)
Xylaria polymorpha

Xylaria = wood

Poly = many

Morpha = form

Deadman's fingers are black, knobby fingers that grow out of dead wood. They can be up to 4" tall and are white inside. See here for a look inside. This is a fairly common fungus that the kids and I have seen almost every time we go out in the woods.

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