Dead man’s fingers – Xylaria Polymorpha Mushrooms

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Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man’s fingers, is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood. It has also been known to colonize substrates like woody legume pods, petioles, and herbaceous stems. It is characterized by its elongated upright, clavate, or strap-like stromata poking up through the ground, much like fingers.

info via WIKIPEDIA

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10 thoughts on “Dead man’s fingers – Xylaria Polymorpha Mushrooms

  1. That freaked me out. Really freaked me out. The unsettling part is that its nature mimicking our own fears. Kind of like Gia…or more likely the Night Gallery.

  2. Увидела первый снимок и опешила… страть какая – руки из земли торчат… потом поняла, что это грибы… все равно страшно! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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