When: 2006-09-03

Collection location: Cook Co., Illinois, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

No specimen available

Although quite common in the East, it was a first sighting for this CA gal.

Note grotesque “finger bones? (actually the tough, white, persistant asexual flesh of this fungus); the carboniferous black sheath, produced later in the year, contains the
perithecia and asci, for sexual reproduction.


This gruesome fungus was collected for the IMA’s Fungus Fair. It starts out white, but turns black and carboniferous with age. Note creepy white “bone” in center of “dead man’s fingers”.

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