Xylaria hypoxylon Xylariaceae Candle-snuff Fungus.

On Gorse stump On Beech wood

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Xylaria hypoxylon, Candle-snuff Fungus. 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 very common in the Autumn. They are too hard and leathery to be eaten.

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