Sunday, 28 October 2012

What is it? #6 revealed

photo: Wendy Denton
Dead man's fingers or Xylaria polymorpha are a type of mushroom, usually found growing on rotting or decaying wood, usually beech. They are inedible and have a surprising white, tough flesh inside, despite looking like burnt wood (or fingers!).

There are many different types of fungi with fantastic names, colours and shapes but remember that some mushrooms are very poisonous and can make you ill. Never taste a wild mushroom unless you are with an expert. 

For more fungi photos and information go to first-nature.

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