Nettle Rash - Leptosphaeria acuta

    Description

    The fruit bodies are black, smooth, shiny cones. Initially embedded in their host, they break through to the surface, often in large numbers. They have prominent, central ostioles, for spore release. They measure up to 0.5 mm diameter.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found growing clustered at the bases of dead stems of Common Nettle.

    When to see it

    Maturing in late winter and spring, though fruit bodies may be seen throughout the year.

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