Olive Earth-tongue Microglossum olivaceum

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Habitat Woodland

An olive green fungus.

It belongs to the group called Earth-tongues, so-called as they form small tongue or finger-like growths, usually in grass.


Short turf in pastures, lawns or churchyards, or sea cliffs. It has also been recorded growing in woodland margins under Yew trees.

Key threats

The main threat is habitat destruction or improvement through fertiliser application, or by scrub encroachment due to lack of grazing or mowing.