Calocera glossoides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Calocera glossoides (Pers.) Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Fruit body 3–10mm high, conical to club-shaped with a short, distinct stem, often compressed or longitudinally wrinkled; yellow, the stem becoming dark blackish-brown on drying; gelatinous, firm. Spores 12–14(17)×3–5¼, narrowly elliptical to subcylindric or sausage-shaped, becoming 3-septate at maturity; white. Basidia resembling tuning-forks. Habitat on dead branches or stumps of oak; early autumn to early winter. Occasional. Not edible. Note there is a more common species C. pallidospathulata D.A. Reid, occurring as troops of flattened, cream-coloured extrusions on fallen coniferous or deciduous wood.