Left: Cluster of FBs (apothecia) of Geoglosssum Left: Squash from Hymenium of Geoglossum sp
Above T/S of fruit body of Geoglossum
Geoglossum difforme Earth Tongue
The club-shaped fruitbodies (apothecia) are up to 10cm tall. They are flattened, black, sticky to slimy when wet and solitary, scattered or in clusters. The spores are smooth, septate and dark-pigmented and 95-125 X 6-7 um (see above). Earth Tongues are widespread and common and fruit on the ground or on well rotted wood. There are a number of species that can only be distinguished form each other microscopically.