Snaketongue Truffleclub

Snaketongue Truffleclub

Observation - Snaketongue Truffleclub. Description: Fruitbodies up to about 6cm tall and up to 1cm across. Growing under birch and ash. Also growing with Billberry bushes and some sort of thick moss. No distinctive taste. 6th and 7th photo are of opposite halves of the cross section of the fruitbody. I kne

Fruitbodies up to about 6cm tall and up to 1cm across. Growing under birch and ash. Also growing with Billberry bushes and some sort of thick moss. No distinctive taste. 6th and 7th photo are of opposite halves of the cross section of the fruitbody. I knew some of these Earth-tongue-like fruibodies grow from truffles or buried insects so I followed one of the golden threads down through the layers of dead moss etc... It was unexpectedly long (and unexpectedly coloured); maybe 15cm long but I didn't find the truffle. I didn't have the heart to follow another one down to see what it was growing on. It looked very similar to the photo here: http://www.naturephoto-cz.com/elaphocordyceps-ophioglossoides-photo_lat-11333.html definitely my favourite find in a while. Here's a False Truffle found where the Snaketongue Truffleclub was: http://www.ispotnature.org/node/445206 I have kept a dried fruitbody (without the snake tongue) that has kept the white granules. I also kept a piece of the submerged 'snaketongue' in a small sealed container and now (16th oct 2014) it has sprouted another small snaketongue (see 8th photo).