Clavaria fragilis / arcuta? Finchale Priory, Co Durham

Clavaria fragilis / arcuta? Finchale Priory, Co Durham

Observation - Clavaria fragilis / arcuta? Finchale Priory, Co Durham - UK and Ireland. Description: Small groups of pure white, unbranched fruiting bodies observed growing in cropped grassland amongst the ruins of Finchale Priory. I tried to remove grass around individual bodies to take a better photograph and discovered how fragile bodies were; easily

Small groups of pure white, unbranched fruiting bodies observed growing in cropped grassland amongst the ruins of Finchale Priory. I tried to remove grass around individual bodies to take a better photograph and discovered how fragile bodies were; easily breaking off and because of this, nigh impossible to assess area of attachment within substrate. The tips of most fruiting bodies are tapered but occasionally blunt and irregular. The longest specimens were approx. 7cm height (see 10 pence coin size reference) and although difficult to see from photos, were laterally flattened with a slight mid-groove (Photo 3). The tips of several fruiting bodies were also slightly yellow (see specimens to the rear of Photo 2). Adding C. fragilis as a tentative ID as I am not sure that this species can be macroscopically separated from Clavaria acuta. We always welcome feedback on our observations.