Fairy Fingers

(Clavaria fragilis)

Conservation Status
Fairy Fingers
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

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  Minnesota

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Description
 
 

Fairy Fingers are so fragile that they will break with almost any handling.

The fruiting body is a small clump or cluster of cylindrical growths resembling worms or bean sprouts. The growths are very fragile, erect or ascending, often curled, 13 16 to 4¾ long, and to 3 16 thick. They are white to translucent white, sometimes flattened or grooved, and usually unbranched, rarely forked at the top. As they age they turn yellow to light brown from the tip down.

The spore print is white.

 
     
 

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Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Moist woodlands, grassy areas. On soil with decaying leaves and grass stems.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Season

 
 

Summer and fall

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 26, 29, 30.

 
  10/1/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common and widespread

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Agaricales (common gilled mushrooms and allies)  
  Suborder Clavariineae  
  Family Clavariaceae (antler and spindle fungi)  
  Genus Clavaria  
       
 

Synonyms

 
  Clavaria vermicularis  
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Fairy Fingers

White Spindles

White Worm Coral

Worm-like Coral

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Saprobic

Obtaining nutrients from non-living organic matter, such as decaying plant or animal matter.

       
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  Fairy Fingers Fungus (Clavaria fragilis)
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  Fairy Fingers Fungus (Clavaria fragilis)  
     
  Clavaria fragilis - fungi kingdom
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Published on Jan 23, 2015

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  Strange Fungus - White Finger / Fairy Finger Fungus (Clavaria fragilis)
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Uploaded on Aug 30, 2011

Some clumps of very nice white finger fungus in a field near my house. There are dozens of types of fungus around my local area but I've never noticed these ones before so I took a quick video of them.

   
       

 

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