RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)167654. On soil with larch and Spathularia flavida. 18 September 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Club shaped,slender, upper part covered with tiny dark dimples, white then brown, lower part remaining pale, to about 5 cm high
On needle debris
Spores irregularly ellipsoidal to subspherical, finely warty (3.5-4.5) x (3-4) µm2. 16 spores per ascus. Paraphyses not seen.
I originally misidentified the specimen in the photo as Podostroma alutacea (recently renamed as Hypocrea alutacea). According to Thomas Læssøe "Your fungus would appear to match H. leucopus better than H. alutacea (this is a somewhat flattened, often slightly branches object on wood, often beech) whilst leucopus is slender, Cordyceps like and grows on needle debris. Both species occur in Denmark. Up north in Scandinavia two further \"Podostromas\" occur." . H. leucopus is not listed in the BMS fungal records database, which may well be due to confusion with Hypocrea alutacea. Ellis and Ellis, in Microfungi on Miscellaneous Substrates, appear to conflate the two species.