Yellow Club - Clavulinopsis helvola

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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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