Earth Tongue - Geoglossum fallax

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

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