Multiclavula vernalis

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Multiclavula vernalis

Found by Keith Blackmore . Kew Accession Number K(M)165961. 16 May 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Clavaria vernalis, Clavulinopsis vernalis

Fruiting Body

Club shaped, slender, smooth, cream to bright orange, stem white, to about 2 cm tall. Specimens dry dark orange, with a small white spot at the tip.

Flesh

Firm, rubbery

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring

Distribution

Very rare

Habitat

In large trooping groups on bare peaty soil with algae. According to the literature the species is normally restricted to arcto-alpine habitats. The other British collections are from the Shetland Islands, and the Outer Hebrides.

Microscopic Features

Spores sausage shaped, smooth (8-12) x (2.5-3.5) µm2. Basidia slenderly club shaped, sterigma prominant, 4 spored.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

The specimens shown were found by Keith Blackmore of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. They were formally identified by Dr. Brian Spooner at Kew, confirming this as the first English collection. I am grateful to Nick Legon who first suggested that the fungus shown might belong to the Multiclavula genus.

Additional Photographs

Multiclavula vernalis

16 May 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Multiclavula vernalis

16 May 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin