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November 2004 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Spear shaped, with a distinct flattened head, on a tubular stem that is covered in short hairs (visible with a magnifying glass), dark brown to black, to about 80mm high
Late summer to autumn
With grass or moss on acid soil
Spores long and thin, rod-like, 13 to 15 septa (100-150) x (6-7) µm2
Distinguished by the hairy stem. Earth Tongues cannot reliably be separated without microscopy
October 2000 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin