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Left: Cluster of FBs (apothecia) of Geoglosssum                                       Left: Squash from Hymenium of Geoglossum sp

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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.