Observation 10231: Xylaria tentaculata Berk. & Broome

When: 2008-08-29

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available



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Wish I could find one of those!
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-09-01 00:44:40 CDT (-0400)

Beautiful in its own way. And your description of the spores puffing away at first touch – inspired! I’d love to see that first hand some time.

Xylaria tentaculata
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2008-08-30 22:00:32 CDT (-0400)

Seldom collected regionally, , This species appeared in large quantities across WV and Ohio last year. There were numerous reports of these “fairy sparklers”

I thoiught it was a seed pod at first
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-08-30 21:45:43 CDT (-0400)

This is one of the strangest mushrooms I have ever encountered. It was growing in leaf litter on the banks of a very small stream under a sycamore tree.There were mixed hardwoods on one bank and a vine infested pine plantation on the other. When I first noticed it, only the top was visible and it looked like some kind of airborne seedpod sandwiched between two dead leaves. Not supposing it to be something worthy of a photograph, I reached down and poked it with my finger. The little poof of gray spores made me regret damaging it without first getting a picture. The spores were not forcibly discharged. They were hanging in perilous dusty clumps along each tentacle, and when I touched it they all fell off at once making a cloud. I broke some of the fragile tentacles just by touching it, but the stem was stiff and leathery, like that of a black-foot polypore. It was attached to an inch-long piece of buried wood. The fruitbody looks more like that of a mold than a mushroom.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-30 20:55:30 CDT (-0400)

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