A Lost & Found Project Club Fungus

Multiclavula vernalis (Moss Club) is a distinctive club fungus that could well be in our area.

It is found in peat bogs and wet heathland. Fruit-bodies occur on algal crusts on peat, perhaps together with mosses or sundews (Drosera spp.) and is known from several sites in the Outer Hebrides.

Multiclavula vernalis (1) Photo M. Ainsworth

Multiclavula vernalis (1)                                    Photo M. Ainsworth

Multiclavula vernalis (2)   Photo: M. Ainsworth

Multiclavula vernalis (2)                                    Photo: M. Ainsworth

Do not confuse with the locally common Mitrula paludosa (“Bog Beacon”) with similar coloration, but whose fruitbodies are typically much larger (up to 5 cm) and have a clear differentiation between the bright yellow hymenium and white stem.

Bog Beacon

Bog Beacon                                                             Photo :K. Wall

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