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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.

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Kudzu – One of the World’s Most Invasive Plants

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Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz spent the summer of 2012 traveling through the southern U.S with her assistant Felix Bridell to capture the strange phenomenon of Kudzu. The plant climbs over trees or shrubs and grows so rapidly that it kills them by heavy shading. Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States at the Japanese pavilion in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It is seen along roadsides and other disturbed areas throughout most of the south. In 1950, there were efforts to try to exterminate the Kudzu plant that was killing all other plants in its way, but the attempts were fruitless.
Schmitz was interested in the idea that a plant could be ‘invasive’ which is usually a term used to described an act of war. In order to get the eerie effect, Schmitz used an 8” x 10” large format camera, ‘a heavy, man-made construction of steel, leather and ebony.’

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