P&PDL Picture of the Week for
July 28, 2008

Dead Man's Fingers

Gail Ruhl, Sr. Plant Disease Diagnostician, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University

Commonly called "Dead Man's Fingers," this wood-rotting mushroom( Xyllaria. polymorpha) lives as a saprobe on decaying hardwood stumps and logs.

Further Online Information:

Xylaria polymorpha at Tom Volk's Fungi

Xylaria polymorpha at Mushroom Expert

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Dead Man's Fingers

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service