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Leotia lubrica - Jelly Babies

Leotia lubrica - Jelly Babies
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-20
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Fungi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-21 3:02
Viewed: 5308
Points: 26
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Leotia lubrica (Jelly Babies)
Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Pezizomycotina
Class: Leotiomycetes
Order: Helotiales
Family: Leotiaceae
Genus: Leotia
Species: Leotia lubrica



Ecology: Saprobic; growing gregariously under hardwoods or conifers (often in moss); late spring through fall; widely distributed and common in North America. Occasionally it is found on well-rotted wood--and Smith, Smith & Weber (1981) report a cluster discovered underground, buried in two inches of sand!

Cap: 1-4 cm; variable in shape but more or less convex; convoluted; with a smooth or slightly wrinkled surface; sticky or slimy when fresh, but sometimes drying out; the margin inrolled; buff, brownish yellow, or yellowish. Underside smooth and pale.

Stem: 2-8 cm long; up to 1 cm wide; smooth or finely roughened; more or less equal; sticky or slimy when fresh; colored like the cap or paler; hollow or filled with jelly.

Flesh: Gelatinous when fresh.

Microscopic Features: Spores 16-25 x 4-6 µ; smooth; spindle-shaped; often curved; becoming septate, with 5 to 7 septa at maturity; asci inoperculate.

(from Mushroom Expert.com)

This single Jelly Baby was among my finds at Coal Creek the other day.This one had fallen over so I stood it upright where it lay for aesthetic purposes.
I didn't notice until I had posted it that the split stem was overlapping the leaf in front of it,so I have taken the liberty of doing a quick clone job....not very good I know,but I bet no one would have noticed if I hadn't mentioned it ;)

Hope you like the shot anyway.
Thanks for viewing & for any feedback.

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Hi Steve,

a beautiful composition so that moss in the background. Too bad that the hood of the mushroom is slightly damaged. Doesn't matter. The overall picture is bright in color and sharp. POV, DOF and BG are good. And thanks for the complete enviroment around this mushroom.

Regards and TFS BOB

Ciao Steve, fantastic fungi in a wonderful colorful composition, very well done, have a good week end, buona Primavera da Spoleto, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-21 4:35]

Hi Steve !
A beautiful catch as interesting.
Have a nice day,

Hi Steve,
interesting jelly-moshroom, looks not very delicious ;-) But it's a beautiful shot.
I love the colours of the forrest, the nice green moss, very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

You are fortunate to have the kind of environment that is conducive to the growth of a variety of fungi, Steve.
If you had not mentioned it, I wouldn't know you had done any cloning in the picture. To me, this specimen looks as natural as can be.
The earth in your fugii pictures is always wet and moist with lots of mosses on it -- an ideal breeding ground for fungi.
Thanks for sharing yet another vivid picture from your favourite theme.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-21 5:17]

Not the jellybabies I know Steve!
Nice capture of this species of gelatinous fungus taken with fine sharpness and lighting and from a great POV.
Looks like you have a new Lumix now, either that or the old one is back in harness!
Thanks and all the best,

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of this jelly baby mushroom. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Fantastic solo capture of this "Leotia lubrica" Steve! Composition, DOF, focus, lighting and sharpness are spot on! Great job!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2009-03-21 23:10]

Hello Steve,
I found the same species in my French Alps last year ;-)
Nice shot and interesting Photographer's note.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Steve,
Finally a specie we, Europeans also know. :) This is a cosmopolitan specie, growing almost everywhere on Earth - although not really common, for example I've never seen it by myself.
Photographically: nice image, but not such outstanding as Your Clavaria shot a few days ago (by my personal opinion, of course). I don't know, why. Maybe due to the similar colors, or the disturbing branch in the foreground which should have been removed. 8 out of 10 on my personal rankings.
Friendly regards, László

Hi Steve,

another fungi that I have been seen before.
Beautiful colours and pov.


Hallo Steve
I wish I had more time............
However I cannot pass this by without saying. Wonderful composition. Striking assortment of green colours. It certainly does remind one of jelly babies, but also gherkins. Just love the fine ferns that surround this fungi. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Steeve,
Nice capture of this interesting mushroom
Good compo in the green colours

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