Earth Tongue - Geoglossum fallax


Fruiting body club-shaped, 2-7 cm tall, fertile "head," 2-6 mm thick, flattened, sometimes grooved, brown to dark-brown, rarely black, minutely hairy. Stipe round, 1-2 mm thick, solid at the base, often hollow near the apex, coloured like the "head," roughened or with scattered small scales.

Identification difficulty

Scattered mossy places or in areas of short grass with a lot of moss. Restricted to the same unfertilized grasslands that support Waxcap fungi.

When to see it

Late autumn

UK Status

Widespread but uncommon; only found in suitable grassland habitats.

VC55 Status

Uncommon and restricted to a few sites having unimproved grassland.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map