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Velvety Fairy Fan Fruiting

8-27 velvety fairy fan 043Velvety Fairy Fan (Spathulariopsis velutipes) lives up to its name. Its brown stalk is fuzzy, it is tiny and it is shaped like a fan. (It is also called Spatula Mushroom, for equally obvious reasons.) This fungus belongs to the order Helotiales, which also includes earth tongues, jelly drops and other small fungi that grow on plant stems, wood and wet leaves. Because of its diminutive size (3/8” high), Velvety Fairy Fan is often overlooked. The fruiting bodies are often found in clusters that appear in August and September.

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3 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    Earth tongues, jelly drops, fairy fans! What beautiful names.

    August 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

  2. are they edible? although I don’t know if I would want to eat something that fuzzy 🙂

    August 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

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