The ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ Fungus looks as creepy as it sounds

Just take a look at these enormous bats or these angry-appearing’snakes’ discovered hidden in a tree to see how Mother Earth can genuinely surprise us in so many ways.

Regan Daniels, a resident of North Carolina, posted a series of pictures on the Facebook page Mushroomcore of what appeared to be a deceased person’s toes. Her pictures took off like wildfire.


And it’s simple to understand why when you examine the images more closely.

Not a Halloween decoration, not the remains of a past homicide.

In June 2020, Regan Daniels was out for a stroll in Western North Carolina when she came across something that caused her to stop. She grabbed her camera, took pictures of the odd sight she had seen, and posted the images to the Facebook group Mushroomcore.

The ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ Fungus looks as creepy as it sounds
Regan Daniels

The group’s 30,000 members are accustomed to viewing breathtaking photographs and amazing forest details, but Regan’s photo stood out from the others. So what did she discover?

Regan had captured a picture of a fungus called Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha). The Dead Man’s Fingers, so named because they strangely resemble someone trapped beneath the forest floor trying desperately to escape, earn their moniker with their bloated, blackened “fingers” reaching towards the sky.

Regan stated in her post that she “literally thought this Dead Man’s Fingers (or toes in this case) fungus was a Halloween decoration!”

The ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ Fungus looks as creepy as it sounds
Regan Daniels

First-Nature claims that the fungus is typically not regarded as edible.

The eerie-looking clumps of Xylaria polymorpha were discovered by Regan Daniels in a North Carolina park she frequently visits.



They were growing from a stump and were surrounded by a group of similar mushrooms. Some people immediately branded the pictures as false since they were just too unbelievable. The mushrooms are, however, absolutely genuine, and there are a ton of fascinating images of them online.

Regan told Bored Panda, “I found the mushroom in Western North Carolina in the United States at a park that I frequent,” and added, “The walk is nice [and] it’s next to the French Broad River so there’s a lot of good scenery.”

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