Dead Man's Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha


    Fruitbodies are 2.5 to 10 cm tall and can be up to 4 cm thick and variable in shape from cylindrical to knobby to branched or lobed.

    Identification difficulty

    Clustered on or near decaying hardwood.

    When to see it

    June through November although the tough fruit bodies can be found year-round.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map