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Bracken Stem Fungus

A black fungus, probably Rhopographus filicinus, growing on the dried stem of a bracken plant (Pteridium aquilinum).

The above sample was taken in Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-03-09.

The following sample was taken from the same place on 2014-03-16:

I was unable to get any spores from these samples.

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