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Is this an Earth-tongue or a Club fungus please?

Observed: 13th November 2011 By: Joe30Joe30’s reputation in Fungi and LichensJoe30’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Found within a damp, mossy grassland. Thanks.


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for your help in ID'ing this for me. This was found in the same area as my other posting today which has been classed as a different species. Are these common fungi and do they often grow alongside each other?


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Hi Joanna

G. glutinosum likes rather damp, nutrient-poor, mossy grassland, as does G. fallax.
G. umbratile extends into more basic and slightly drier turf.

These are the three most common Geoglossum species and there is sufficient overlap in their requirements that all three often occur in the same localities. Look out too for Trichoglossum hirsutum which often grows with them - it can often be spotted by its more abruptly widened and less flattened head and its stem can be seen to be minutely but stiffly hairy under a lens.

There are, of course, rarer species, one or two of which are around this year, and the above-mentioned G. cookeianum is a larger species on dunes and locally on sandy soils (and thin limestone soils inland) (but much over-claimed).