Jellybaby - Leotia lubrica

Alternative names
Jelly Babies
Jellybabies
Description

Up to 15 mm across, but more commonly 8 to10 mm. These rubbery fungi look superficially like cap-and-stem mushrooms, but beneath the irregular caps the surface is smooth rather than being gilled. They vary in colour from lemon yellow to golden yellow or even orange.  The caps are often furrowed and convoluted rather than smooth, shiny and neatly domed.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Habitat

It occurs in all kinds of woodland but most commonly with conifers.

When to see it

Usually fruiting from August to October in Britain.

UK Status

Leotia lubrica is widespread and fairly frequent, but often localised in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Jellybaby
Species group:
Fungi
Kingdom:
Fungi
Order:
Helotiales
Family:
Leotiaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
3
First record:
30/09/2019 (Bell, Melinda)
Last record:
14/11/2021 (Bell, Melinda)

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