Observation 14600: Xylaria Hill ex Schrank

This group of fungi were growing downwards, like stalactites. I only have one reference something like this but they are not the same. (Mucronella pendula.)
These specimens were only about 5mm (1/4 ") approx in length. They were not jelly like but more fibrous in texture, without any aroma distinguishable. It was a low light area that usually remains damp most of the year. Under really close scrutiny there appeared to be very small pores on the surface area that were slightly above that area. They seemed to have a singular habit without any treeing in the ends of the stalks.
The second image is at 100% to show the stalks.


Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2008 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Australia different in many ways.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-11-27 13:22:42 CST (+0800)

That’s where the truffles grow on tree trunks 30 meters off the ground, and 3-foot long earthworms live in the top of trees. Why not Xylaria growing downward? BTW, I find lots of Xylaria polymorpha, and other than growing downward and slightly more gray, they look quite similar. I believe the genus is poorly understood at this time, and probably need some intense work.


Douglas. Hi fr Aus. I wasn’t sure if Xylaria grew like stalagmites. The fungi I observed were growing downward towards the forest floor. I have a reference Xylaria hypoxylon, that are darker than the fungi I shot, but have a white tip.

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-11-25 08:59:35 CST (+0800)

Don’t these have to be Xylaria?