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Observation 19569: Xylaria Hill ex Schrank

When: 2009-03-19

Collection location: Weldon Springs, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)

No specimen available

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Online key to Xylaria
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-03-20 06:25:44 CST (+0800)

I’ve found a key to Xylaria online here:

http://194.203.77.76/...

I’ll see if that helps. One comment at the beginning of the article says:
“For example, X. cornu-damae and X. hypoxylon are keyed out as slender species,
but robust specimens are sometimes encountered.” ;)

More fun: An illustration of X. hypoxylon from Saccardo’s “Fungi Italici”:

http://www.cybertruffle.org.uk/cyberliber/59630/0582b.jpg

Suggest a species?
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-03-20 06:20:06 CST (+0800)

What would be your suggestion for species? I was also considering
Xylaria longipes, based upon these photographs:

http://www.bioimages.org.uk/HTML/R150024.HTM

What suggested X. hypoxylon to me was the illustration of a photograph
showing what is said to be its conidial form at the bottom of this page:

http://www.messiah.edu/...

I have not saved specimens, but can find them this year. They
were growing at the base of oak trees.

The full-sized image is perhaps 1 1/2 times life size.

Thanks,
Patrick

Yes,I would agree
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-03-20 05:21:39 CST (+0800)

with Christian: the fruitbodies look much too thick and stout for X.hypoxylon!

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By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-03-20 04:53:17 CST (+0800)

I can’t see this as X. hypoxylon