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Green-capped Jelly Babies Fruiting

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Typically found growing in clusters, this diminutive fungus, Leotia viscosa, stands between one and three inches tall. These rubbery fungi have yellow, orange or white stems, and green caps. Their slippery, jelly-like texture and variety of cap shapes have earned them the common names Green-capped Jelly Babies and Chicken Lips.

Green-capped Jelly Babies are saprophytes, living off dead or dying organic matter, and are often found growing under conifer trees or on dead logs. They are a type of sac fungus, and their microscopic spores are borne not in gills, but inside elongated cells or sacs known as asci that cover the outside surface of their cap. Thus, underneath the irregular caps the surface is smooth rather than being gilled.

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3 responses

  1. Outstanding, I’ve never seen those.

    September 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

  2. laura luckey

    These little green jellies look poisonous – just curious if they are?

    September 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • “Inedible” – assume that means they’re poisonous to some degree?

      September 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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