Monsoon 2011| Fungi from Talacauvery| 29Aug11AR02

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raghu ananth

Aug 29, 2011, 2:07:44 PM8/29/11
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Monsoon 2011| Fungi from Talacauvery| 29Aug11AR02
Habitat: on an erect tree bark, probably dead portion.

// Stephen King's horror bank!

27 Jul 2011
Talacauvery, Coorg



Inderjeet Sethi

Aug 30, 2011, 8:05:25 AM8/30/11
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This looks like Xylaria sp. (Pyrenomycetes). Did you notice the size of the fruiting bodies and any other features.
Dr.Inderjeet Kaur Sethi
Associate Professor
Department of Botany
SGTB Khalsa College
University of Delhi
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raghu ananth

Aug 30, 2011, 1:12:49 PM8/30/11
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Size of the fruiting body -upto 6cms, granite black color, tiny white spots - iridescent. 
I think the fruit bodies are  flask-shaped.

Abundance - 30 nos. 
Dead stump picture taken from 9 meters distant. 
Thick vegetation, darkness, slope/elevation & the leeches prevented us reaching the tree. So no closeup picture.

It appears, these fungi closely relates to Dead Man's Fingers fungus or the Candle-snuff Fungus. 

// In Bhagamandala, we colligated this black fungi to black leech sticks, very well disguised in the darkness of the tree bark. Add to it the dark woods behind. Imagine- we go close to the tree, the leech stick come alive &  rain on us...

Thanks a lot for the Id help!



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J.M. Garg

Apr 7, 2019, 3:29:13 AM4/7/19
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Appears close to images at Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev.
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