Candlesnuff Fungus - Xylaria hypoxylon


    This white or greyish fungus is usually between 2 and 5 cm high, and soon becomes flattened and antler like in appearance, the upper branches powdered white most of the time. It goes on fruiting on stumps and fallen branches through late autumn and winter with white spores, then in spring it loses the white tips and sends out a different form of black spore for a few weeks.

    Identification difficulty

    On dead wood

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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