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Dead Man’s Fingers

This afternoon, Tuffy P discovered some Dead Man’s Fingers or Xylaria polymorpha at the back of our yard, tucked in under a fence. It’s a saprobic fungus, meaning it lives on decaying organic matter, such as a decaying stump or roots. It is apparently common but the only place I’ve seen it is in our backyard. We had some a few years ago as well.

Aren’t they weird?

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