Carbon antlers (Xylaria hypoxylon)
Carbon antlers (Xylaria hypoxylon) is a small, widespread fungus recognized by its black base and whitish branching tips. The striking appearance of this wood-rotter gives rise to several other common names, including candlesnuff fungus, candlestick fungus, and stag's horn fungus. A host of other species bear a resemblance, but since the taxonomy is poorly defined, most field guides simply group them together as Xylaria hypoxylon.
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