Orange Earth Tongue Microglossum rufum (Schweinitz) Underwood    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Ascomycota   >   Class Leotiomycetes   >   Order Helotiales   >   Family Helotiaceae   >   Genus Microglossum   


Found scattered in groups or clusters. On ground, in moss, or on well-rotted wood.


Fruiting body: Head: yellow to orange; spoon to tongue-shaped; may be compressed at center or longitudinally; covered with short white hairs. Stalk: Yellow to dull orange; scaly/gradular; channel may be present along length (J. Solem, pers. comm.).

There are 5 records in the project database.

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Microglossum rufum (upper portion of fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2019). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Orange Earth Tongue (group of fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2019). Photo by Sabrina Purtee. (MBP list)

Orange Earth Tongue fruiting bodies in Howard Co., Maryland (7/1/2015). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Orange Earth Tongue spores collected in Howard Co., Maryland (7/1/2015). Sausage-shaped, smooth, hyaline; measured 33.0-39.4 X 3.9-4.5 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Ascus and spore collected from an Orange Earth Tongue specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (6/21/2019). Ascus (smooth, hyaline; measured ~91 x 8.5 microns) plus spore (cylindrical, smooth, hyaline; 27.6 x 5.3 microns). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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