Dead Man’s Fingers

(Xylaria polymorpha)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Dead Man’s Fingers

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not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Season

June to November

Habitat/Hosts

Saprobic with hardwoods. Oak and pine forests, lawns.


Identification

In the spring Dead Man’s Fingers are pale, coated with spore dust, with a whitish tip. Later in the season they are dark brown and blackish, looking like something left by the neighbor’s cat. In the fall they are dried out and black. The surface is rough or minutely pimpled.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 77.


Comments

The scientific name is actually a consolidation, called a species complex, of 5 to 10 species that cannot be easily distinguished from each other.


Taxonomy

Division:

Ascomycota (sac fungi)

 

No Rank:

saccharomyceta

 

Subdivision:

Pezizomycotina

 

No Rank:

leotiomyceta

 

No Rank:

sordariomyceta

 

Class:

Sordariomycetes

  Subclass: Xylariomycetidae
 

Order:

Xylariales

 

Family:

Xylariaceae

 
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Common
Names

Dead Man’s Fingers


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

saprobic

Obtaining its nutrients by decomposing non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

       

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Location: Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, MN, Hubbard County

We used these as a stop on our Halloween in June Night Hike, very cool fungi!

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