Jellybaby - Leotia lubrica

Alternative names
Jelly Babies

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

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


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.

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

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