Dead Man’s Fingers

(Xylaria polymorpha)

Conservation Status
Dead Man’s Fingers
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

In the spring Dead Man’s Fingers are pale, coated with spore dust, with a whitish tip. Later in the season they are dark brown and blackish, looking like something left by the neighbor’s cat. In the fall they are dried out and black. The surface is rough or minutely pimpled.

 
     
 

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Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Oak and pine forests, lawns.

Hardwoods

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

June to November

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  6/5/2022      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Ascomycota (sac fungi)  
  Subphylum Pezizomycotina  
  Class Sordariomycetes  
  Subclass Xylariomycetidae  
 

Order

Xylariales  
 

Family

Xylariaceae  
 

Genus

Xylaria  
       
 

Xylaria polymorpha is a consolidation, called a species complex, of 5 to 10 species that cannot be easily distinguished from each other.

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

Dead Man’s Fingers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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We used these as a stop on our Halloween in June Night Hike, very cool fungi!

 
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Other Videos
 
  Dead Mans Fingers - Xylaria polymorpha
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Published on Jun 12, 2012

Wheal Busy Chacewater Cornwall - Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Mans Fingers a type of fungus

   
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Published on Sep 10, 2013

Xylaria Polymorpha en Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala

   
  Dissecting Dead-Mans-Fingers ( Xylaria polymorpha ) 07 Dec 2013.
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Published on Dec 28, 2013

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  Bridget L
June 2022

Location: Dakota County

Dead Man’s Fingers  
  Dave Verburg
8/30/2016

Location: Rochester MN, friends house

Dead Man’s Fingers  
  Itasca State Park Naturalists
6/24/2016 and 6/27/2016

Location: Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, MN, Hubbard County

We used these as a stop on our Halloween in June Night Hike, very cool fungi!

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Lakeville, MN

 

 

 

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