Notes:
I found this fungus growing on a sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) ball.

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Recognized by sight: not a good macro-morph match to X. liquidambris. Note here the thickened fruit bodies vs the wholly slender fbs of other obsies.

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fair enough
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-08-05 13:37:53 CDT (-0400)

and good to know.

I am certainly no Xylaria expert, unlike some here! :)

This being
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-08-05 13:02:11 CDT (-0400)

the fully mature, peritheciate stage of the sp., and all other observations on the site (and indeed on the web in general) being of condial material, the difference in stromatal thickness is to be expected. the substrate really does make the sp. in these seed-dwelling Xylaria.

I love these host specific Xylarias of the east.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-08-04 11:34:08 CDT (-0400)

Although we have both magnolias and liquid amber trees planted here in the west (many in my own neighborhood here in Oakland), they never seem to get their saprobic and specific fungal components coming along for the ride.

So, despite the fact that I am tripping over these liquid amber balls every day, I never see Xylaria on them, nor do I see X. magnoliaea where folks have planted magnolias.

But I am not convinced this sighting is X. liquidambaris. Can the macro-morph be so different?