Scientific name: Microglossum rufum (Schweinitz)
Derivation of name: Ruf- means "rufous" or "reddish" which is
odd considering this fungus is typically yellowish.
Common name(s): Orange earth tongue; Yellow earth tongue.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; scattered to
clustered in moss, rotten logs, and humus; July through
Dimensions: Up to 6 cm tall.
Description: These orange to yellow fungi consist of a
a distinctly compressed, longitudinally
furrowed, or spoon-shaped head.
More information at RogersMushrooms.com:
Figure 1. Microglossum rufum is often terrestrial as
grow on well-decayed wood.
Photo © David Work.
Figure 2. Yellow earth tongues growing in moss. Note the
compressed or furrowed heads. Photo © William Roody
Figure 3. The stalks of this fungus are often scurfy or
granular. Photo © George Barron.