Observation 198600: Geoglossum Pers.

Found in a mossy patch aong with Green Earth Tongues (Microglossum viride)and Jelly Babies (Leotia lubrica).


Black earth tongues (Geoglossum sp.) Feb 1, 2015. Big Basin S.P., Santa Cruz Co., CA (2).JPG

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Recognized by sight: ID confirmed by Christian Schwarz.

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hairs on mushroom
By: rjadams
2015-02-15 21:57:14 CST (-0500)

I greatly appreciate your comments and taking the time to look at my photos, but believe the “hairs” may simply be an artifact of my poor photography skills. This picture is slightly out of focus and was shot in a shaded area (I had no tripod). I looked at the originals in higher resolution and compared them to photos of Trichoglossum and you are correct that the “hairs” are more distinctive and give it a “velvety” look, especially on the stipe, a feature I couldn’t make out on my photos.

That’s one of the difficulties,
By: zaca
2015-02-13 06:00:21 CST (-0500)

In general, Geoglossum and Trichoglossum share the habitats and, at least here, almost at the same time (the former genus usually appears and desappear first).
So, only microscopy can tell for sure or, at least the observation of the head with an hands lens.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-02-13 01:05:04 CST (-0500)

but see microscopy here (from the exact same patch):
observation 197845

Seem more like
By: zaca
2015-02-12 19:12:12 CST (-0500)

Trichoglossum, due to the hairs on the head (magnifying the photo) and to the form of the head.