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Clavaria acuta "Pointed Club"

Observed: 25th October 2011 By: D.M.H.D.M.H.’s reputation in Fungi and LichensD.M.H.’s reputation in Fungi and LichensD.M.H.’s reputation in Fungi and LichensD.M.H.’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
White Earthtongue.
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flaxton's picture

This is probably Clavaria

This is probably Clavaria acuta but could be one of the Typhula sp

AlanS's picture

Agreed

This is a nice but puzzling photo. I agree; my own first thought was Clavaria acuta, which it probably is, but it doesn't look quite right.

Being as it is nearly 1.00 am, I am not going to look in my Typhula literature at the moment, but I may come back to this.

There is no white Geoglossum, anywhere in the world.

Alan

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I have recorded black

I have recorded black earthtongue and wonder if this is immature? There is olive coloured I recall.

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AlanS's picture

Nope

As I said above, there is no white earthtongue, no reports of any white immature stage, and in any case the stem shown here is quite different from that in any earthtongue.

Mitrula paludosa (Bog Beacon) was formerly thought to be allied to the earthtongues and while it is normally bright orange, it does have a rare variety that is initially pure white (becoming faintly salmon pink with age). In old British literature as "Mitrula alba".

The genus Microglossum, now in a separate family, is a genus of "earthtongues" in the broad sense, and shows a much greater range of colour: black, purple, brown, olive, green, flesh to carmine pink, yellow-brown in Asian species, but again no white species or variant is known.

Alan

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Thanks Alan. :-)

Thanks Alan. :-)

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