Hairy Earthtongue

Trichoglossum hirsutum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Hairy Earthtongue Trichoglossum hirsutum (Pers.) Boud. (illustrated 50% life size) Fruit body 2–8cm high, 0.3–0.8cm wide. Fertile head flattened-cylindrical to more club-shaped, tapering into stalk; black. Stalk slender, compressed; velvety. Spores 100–150×6–7¼, 15-septate at maturity, subcylindrical; brown. Asci 220×20¼. Setae projecting between the asci numerous, thick-walled, black, stiff, pointed. Habitat amongst grass or sphagnum on acid soil; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Not edible.

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