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Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

Observed: 14th February 2013 By: BenSanter
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

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take care

I have made this mistake.
Consider Dead Moll's Fingers - Xylaria longipes.
I am told that one (Man's) breaks clean and that tuther (Molls), cracks and is difficult to separate - kind of elastic.
I'd appreciate more 'knowledge' from the Know-team

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flexiblity is Key

Moll has a distinctly thinner stem and is quite resilient to damage when bent. Dead Mans fingers are not and will usually snap.

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