Fungi: Ascomycota: Sordariomycetes: Xylariales: Xylariaceae: Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev.
Synonyms: Hypoxylon polymorphum, Sphaeria digitata, Sphaeria polymorpha, Sphaeria spathulata, Xylaria clavata, Xylaria corrugata, Xylaria fastigiata, Xylaria pachystroma, Xylaria rugosa, Xylosphaera polymorpha.
Common name: dead man's fingers.
Extract from Wikipedia article: 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. The genus Xylaria contains about 100 species of cosmopolitan fungi. Polymorpha means "many forms". As its name suggests, it has a very variable but often club-shaped fruiting body (stroma) resembling burned wood.
Arabic: فطر أصابع الرجل الميت, Croatian: Mrtvačevi prsti, Dutch: Houtknotszwam, Estonian: Kobarsüsik, Finnish: Nuijasarvisieni, French: Xylaire polymorphe, German: Vielgestaltige Holzkeule, Hungarian: Bunkós agancsgomba, Lithuanian: Kislusis elniagrybis, Persian: انگشتان مرده, Polish: Próchnilec maczugowaty, Romanian: Degetele mortului, Serbian: Мртвачки прсти, Swedish: Tjockhorn.
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