Phylum: Ascomycota Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Xylariales Family: Xylariaceae
Species: Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev.
Synonyms: Hypoxylon polymorphum
Sphaeria polymorpha
Xylaria polymorpha var. pistillaris
Xylosphaera polymorpha
Common Name: Dead Man's Fingers

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Xylaria polymorphaPhotographer:  Chris Stretch
Photographer: Chris Stretch

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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Fagus sylvatica (21)
Acer pseudoplatanus (6)
Quercus (5)
Corylus avellana (5)
Alnus glutinosa (3)
Beech (2)
Sambucus nigra (2)
Salix cinerea (2)
Quercus petraea (2)
Quercus robur (2)
Salix (2)
Ulmus glabra (1)
Salix caprea (1)
Acanthaceae (1)
Picea sitchensis (1)
Fraxinus excelsior (1)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Woodland: mixed (17)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (14)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (7)
Woodland (6)
Woodland: broadleaved (5)
Parkland and scattered trees (4)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (4)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (3)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (3)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural, high forest (2)
Woodland: mixed, plantation, high forest (2)
Built up area, domestic (1)
Grassland and marsh (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (1)
Scrub (1)
Woodland: plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Dead Wood (28)
Stump (15)
Acer pseudoplatanus (14)
Quercus rubra (8)
Dead Branch (5)
Fallen log (5)
Castanea sativa (4)
Log (3)
Fallen Branch (1)
Fallen Tree (1)
Fraxinus (1)
Root (1)
Rotting Wood (1)
Tree (1)
Twig (1)
wood (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
January (5)
February (7)
March (4)
April (6)
May (1)
June (1)
July (7)
August (10)
September (36)
October (37)
November (14)
December (2)