Geoglossum fallax

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Geoglossum fallax

15 November 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Head tongue like, rough and blackish, stem cylindrical, scaly and dark brown, to about 6.5 cm high

Flesh

Firm, pale brown in the head, black in the stem

Smell

Fungal

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

Acid grassland, usually on poor soil with mosses

Microscopic Features

Ascospores long and thin, rod-like, 0 to 13 septa (50-115) x (5-6) µm2. Paraphyses cylindrical, septate, swollen at the tips. 8 ascospores per ascus.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species cannot be identified without microscopy.

Additional Photographs

Geoglossum fallax

15 November 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright

Geoglossum fallax

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x40 objective. 15 November 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

Ascus with coloured septate spores in cotton blue viewed with a x40 objective. 15 November 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

Paraphyses tips in cotton blue viewed with a x40 objective. 15 November 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

22 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

22 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

16 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

Aseptate ascospores viewed with a x40 objective. 16 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

At the centre is an ascus with emerging spores viewed with a x40 objective. 16 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Geoglossum fallax

At the centre are some ascospores viewed with a x40 objective. 16 November 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin