Leotia lubrica


Common Names: Jelly baby
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Jelly Fungus


Fruit bodies range from 1 to 6 cm in height. Each body has a single fertile 'head' measuring up to 1.2 cm across, which is colored yellow to an olive-greenish ochre and is gelatinous. To the touch, the surface of the head can be smooth, clammy or slimy. While in shape it is convex, the head is made up of irregular lobes and undulations, and the edge is rolled inward. The underside is paler in colour than the upper surface, and smooth. The head is attached to a central stalk, which ranges from 3 to 6 mm wide, though thinner toward the substrate. The stalk is typically cylindrical, but can be flattened, and occasionally has furrows. The colour of the stalk is similar to that of the head, though more yellow, and the surface is covered in very small granules of a greenish colour. The flesh is gelatinous in the head, while the stalk is mostly hollow, but it can be filled with gel.

Found growing in damp, deciduous woodlands, often among moss and plant detritus. Fruiting bodies are typically found from late spring to autumn.

Edible Notes: Edibility reports are mixed. The only common consensus is that it's not poisonous or particularly toxic. Some reports indicate that is edible, but also flavorless and of little culinary interest. Some field guides have listed it as inedible. In the field, the flesh has no discernible smell or taste. Overall, not recommended for consumption, and not enough evidence to report it as edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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