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Xylaria hypoxylon
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Xylaria hypoxylon

 

Common Name: Candlesnuff Fungus

Synonyms: Xylosphaera hypoxylon

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White or Grayish

Comments: 

Usually a fairly small Xylaria species. The main part of the mushroom is black, but it can have a white powder that will rub off. If is has white powder, then you are looking at the spores of this mushroom. Found growing on downed logs.

Lookalikes:  

Xylaria polymorpha is usually much thicker and is not branched.

Pictures:

Xylaria hypoxylon

Xylaria hypoxylon

5/21/10 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN