|Detritus and leaf litter of hardwood forests.
Up to 12 cms.
They were used medicinally by Native American Indians.
The Blackfoot called them ka-ka-toos, meaning "fallen
stars", and according to legend, they were an indication of
supernatural events. The Cherokee put fruit bodies on the
navels of babies after childbirth until the withered umbilical cord
fell off, "both as a prophylactic and a therapeutic measure.
The fruit bodies are nonpoisonous, though they
are tough and fibrous, and of "no alimentary interest"
picking any fungus for consumption,
caution should be
exercised at all times.