Identification: Black mushrooms

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  1. JT1

    JT1 Contributor 10 Years

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    I saw these growing at a base of a stump. Any ideas what they might be?
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    Daldinia concentrica ?? King Alfreds cakes
     
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    Appears to be Xylaria polymorpha or similar (I don't know the specific species options in your region), and it appears to be currently in sexy phase ... .
     
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    (in the first photo center right side) Are those white spores on top of the two standing to the right of the colony? Or is that an early sign of decay?
     
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    Yup, could be asexual spores. Something about the way it looks makes me wonder if it could be a case of surface being scraped off for some reason and the white being a bit of the interior? Not sure what colour the interior of this critter is tho, so not sure if that is possible or not.
     
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