Yellow Club - Clavulinopsis helvola


This simple, usually unbranched, yellow or orangey yellow fungus grows from 3 to 7 cm high. The spores are small, round, and covered in warts, unlike any of the other ‘yellow clubs’.

Similar Species

The yellow club fungi can be hard to distinguish. C. fusiformis is the largest and quite striking, with smooth spores, but not all that common in VC55; by far the most common is C. helvola which is a common grassland species and has warty spores. C. luteoalba has smooth spores and can be found regularly at certain sites like New Lount where maybe the grass has lower nutrients. 

Identification difficulty

Grows on the ground amongst grass and moss in acidic, unimproved grassland.

When to see it

September to November

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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