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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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