Leotia lubrica

Scientific name:  Leotia lubrica (Scop.) Pers.
Derivation of name:  Lubric- means "slippery" or "smooth"
which describes the moist slippery feel of these fungi when
SynonymsHelvella lubrica Scop., Peziza lubrica
(Scop.) Lamarck, Leotia viscosa Fr.
Common name(s):  Ochre jelly club; Jelly babies.
Phylum:   Ascomycota
Order:   Helotiales
Family:   Leotiaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate:   Saprobic; in clusters on
the ground and well-decayed wood; July through
Dimensions: Jelly babies are up to 9 cm tall with a head that
may be 1-4 cm high and wide.   
Description: The gelatinous head and stalk of this fungus
are a dull yellow to orange-yellow color. The prominent
head may be smooth or furrowed and convoluted.        
Edibility: Unknown
Comments: The jury is still out on the three Leotia species
discussed in this key: L. atrovirens, L. lubrica, and L. viscosa.
Though morphologically well-defined, DNA analysis does not
support any of them as well-defined species (i.e., none are
monophyletic). Further mystery falls on L. atrovirens which
may be a parasitized version of L. lubrica.
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Figure 1.  Leotia lubrica growing among mosses.
Photo © Larry Grand.

Figure 2. Note the inrolled margin of the head. Photo ©
Pam Kaminski.

Figure 3. Specimens collected at a foray. Note how wide
some of the heads are. Photo © Gary Emberger.


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