Species: The Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)

Family: Sac Mushrooms and allies (Xylariaceae)

Category: Fungi

Location: N

A. Fungi

More extensive information on fungi can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Sac Mushrooms and allies (Xylariaceae)

Members of this family are typically found on wood, seeds, fruits, and leaves, even insect nests.

C. The Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)

The white, erect fruiting body typically forks into an antler-like shape, and the ends and stalk eventually blacken. It normally grows on dead hardwood, and in the cemetery it is growing on the stump of a large-leaved lime.

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The Candlesnuff Fungus

The white, erect fruiting body of the Candlesnuff Fungus typically forks into an antler-like shape.

The Candlesnuff Fungus

The ends and stalk of the Candlesnuff Fungus eventually blacken.

The Candlesnuff Fungus

The Candlesnuff Fungus normally grows on dead hardwood, and in the cemetery it is growing on the stump of a large-leaved lime.