Beech Woodwart - Hypoxylon fragiforme is a poisonous plant
 
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Beech Woodwart - Hypoxylon fragiforme
Family - Xylariaceae
Also known as - Beech Woodwart, Red cushion Hypoxylon

This fungus is poisonous

A very common primary saprophyte of Beech, growing on bark of branches or trunks after they have been cut off or broken.  Fruit body 2-9mm diameter x 1.5-12mm (0.05-0.5in) high, gregarious, staring of as a grey-white developing through bright salmon-pink to dark red and then black, hemispherical to nearly spherical, with a finely warted surface of conspicuous white granular spore sacs.  Internally they are hard and black.  Primarily found on corticated branches or wood of Beech, but also occasionally seen on Alder, Birch, Hornbeam, Poplar, Oak, Rowan and Lime, in Europe and North America.  Fragiforme means "strawberry like" in reference to the appearance of this fungus.

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