Scientific name: Leotia atrovirens Fries
Derivation of name: Atr- means "black" and virens means
"green." The name describes the dark green caps these fungi
Synonyms: Leotia chlorocephala
Common name(s): ?
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in groups on soil,
in mosses, or on well-decayed wood; July through September.
Dimensions: The cap is 6-12 mm wide and the stalk may be
1-4.5 cm tall.
Description: The gelatinous greenish cap is irregularly rounded
and flattened. Caps may be smooth or furrowed and have
inrolled margins. Stalks are pale green and usually roughened.
There are overlapping color forms of L. atrovirens,
L. viscosa, and L. lubrica suggesting the taxonomic
these organisms as three distinct species is uncertain.
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Figure 1. Here, among mosses, is a typical habitat for this
Photo © Dianna Smith.
Figure 2. Along with L. atrovirens, L. lubrica is also
present. Photo © Dianna Smith.
Figure 3. This is how a specimen of L. atrovirens might
show up at a foray. Photo © Gary Emberger.