Candle Snuff Fungus

October 10, 2013

Candle Snuff Fungus  Xylaria hypoxylon,

This small fungus is found in groups growing on dead stumps. The back stems may be forked towards the tips, which are white. If you tap them a cloud of white spore powder will be released, as in the smoke of a snuffed candle. Each stem grows up to 7cm in height, and they are common in the Autumn. 


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