Observation 129431: Xylaria hypoxylon (L.) Grev.
When: 2013-02-24
Collection location: Braga, Portugal [Click for map]

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It’s a long way to the top.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-02-24 13:37:31 HST (-1000)

You must learn to recognise any mushroom and any tree in any stage of development: young, mature, old, rotten. Just from bark, just from leaf, just from woody appearance (although this is not always possible with exots) and then to distinguish white rot, brown rot and so on. It is not always manageable though. Sometimes you would need to even microscope the rotten wood or to do DNA.
But for the most part try to learn the trees in all stages of existence.

I can
By: Elsa (pinknailsgirl)
2013-02-24 13:14:15 HST (-1000)

be using the wrong keys… and I always forget about what is american and european, and so on…(why can’t we have a longiana too???) That’s why I read Michael Kuo definitions about the two, longipes and longiana, and it seemed to me that longiana fitted better: shared bases,cylindric to irregular, with a pointy tip or with flattened and/or branched tips. They all have pointy tips, I didn´t saw any with club shape form. About the texture of the surface, they are wrinkled, the rest I don´t know to explain, they don’t seem scaly or even pimply as M.K. said. Let’s find other keys…

I’m a engineer not a biologist, but I know that I have to learn about trees… now even I knowing about them, this and many others would be not easy, because they are cutted and without leaves. This one for example, was in a donga, almost only the root, the rest cutted, but I will confirm with a photo, for the experts in trees like you :p

What makes you think
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-02-24 12:28:19 HST (-1000)

this is Xylaria longiana? This species is an American one. Why don’t you think it is just our X. longipes? There is an online key to Xylariaceae and you can use it in both ways, macro- as well as microscopically if I remember right. Try this one. I just forgot where it is. But key words suffice in searching I guess.
Which wood is this on? (You have to learn about trees and plants as well if you want to identify mushrooms, there is no other way ;) )

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