Jellybaby

Leotia lubrica

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Jellybaby Leotia lubrica (Scop.) Pers. (illustrated 65% life size) Fruit body 1–6cm high. Fertile head convex, the margin inrolled and irregularly lobed; olivaceous-ochre; viscid. Stalk 3–8mm wide, tapering towards base; ochraceous, covered in minute, greenish granules; becoming hollow. Flesh gelatinous in head. Spores 20–25×4–6¼, subfusiform. Asci 150×10–12¼. Habitat in damp broad-leaved woodland, along the sides of paths, or under bracken; late summer to late autumn. Common. Not edible.

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